If you want to know all about food intolerance symptoms this is the right section.
Here you will find out what the main symptoms of food sensitivity are as well as articles that tell you the best way to dampen down those symptoms and manage them, so you can get on with your life.
Recognising food intolerance symptoms
The first thing to understand is that food intolerance symptoms manifest themselves in different ways in each individual. It is this fact that makes it quite tricky to get an accurate diagnosis when you suffer from non-allergic food hypersensitivity, which is the term some medical professionals use to describe the condition.
For example, if you are sensitive to eggs you may come up in a rash or hives when you eat a food product that contains either the whites or yolks, or both. Whereas someone else who is sensitive to eggs may have no skin problems, but suffer from chronic diarrhoea when they eat them.
To complicate things further often the symptoms of food sensitivity are very subtle. A fact that makes it quite difficult for people to recognise what is going on and realise why they are feeling so unwell.
If you suffer from an egg allergy it is all too obvious, because you are likely to go into full anaphylaxis if you inadvertently eat something that contains even a tiny bit of egg. The symptoms are serious, for example difficulty breathing, severe swelling of the mouth and airways and huge hives. Basically, with a full blown food allergy the body goes into shock and starts to shut down. Whereas, with food sensitivity the symptoms can be very mild, and, therefore, difficult to detect.
A list of common food intolerance symptoms
Most people who are sensitive to certain food groups will suffer from one or more of the following symptoms:
Runny nose and/or nasal congestion
Profuse or intermittent sneezing
Asthma or shortness of breath
Coughing – usually a dry cough or irritable cough
Breathing difficulties especially when lying down
Skin related symptoms of food sensitivity
Swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, face and/or throat – angioodema
Urticaria – hives
Rashes or redness of the skin
Itching – pruritus
Eczema or dry skin
If you want to learn more about each symptom just read the individual articles on this site. They will tell you how to recognise each issue and work out if what you are eating is the cause, or whether it is some other disease or condition that is the culprit.
Gastrointestinal symptoms of food intolerance or sensitivity
Abdominal cramps or general discomfort
Diarrhoea, often intermittent
Nausea, especially an hour or so after eating
Colic or flactulance
The role of an elimination diet in recognising the symptoms
If you are feeling unwell and are suffering from any of the above symptoms it could be that you are indeed sensitive to certain foods. The best way to find out is to keep a food diary. By noting down exactly what you eat and how you feel, two or three times a day, you will soon to be able to see if there is a pattern.
If you notice that you are suffering from any of the above symptoms after eating certain foods you probably have some form of non-allergic food hypersensitivity. Now that you know that and have some idea of which food products are causing you to feel unwell you can take the next step, which is following an elimination diet.