Food Allergies

A food allergy is an immunological reaction to food proteins, and people with food allergies typically react to one or two foods.  In Australia the most common foods are milk, soy, egg, peanut and fish. 


Allergic reactions are quick and usually occur within 30 minutes of ingesting the offending food, and can occur from the smallest amount.  Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include: itching, swelling, rash, spreading hives, vomiting, diarrhoea, breathing difficulties and in the most severe of the allergic disorders - anaphylaxis, which can lead to collapse and death.


Scientific testing for food allergies involves an IgE blood test and skin prick tests. and these are performed by your doctor and a specialist respectively.  Treatment of food allergies can be difficult, with the person needing to avoid the offending food, sometimes for life.  In the case of babies and young children, yearly testing can identify whether the young child is 'growing' out of the allergy.


Food Intolerances

A food intolerance is a pharmacological reaction (like the side-effects of a drug) to certain chemicals in foods.  Symptoms of a food intolerance can include: migraine, irritable bowel symptoms, nausea, skin rashes, behavioural problems, etc.


You can develop a food intolerance at any age, and exposure to toxic chemicals, pharmaceutical drugs, illness (such as gastrointestinal infection) or poor bowel flora can make you more susceptable to developing a food intolerance.


Reactions from a food intolerance can be delayed for up to 48 hours or more, making identification of the offending food difficult.  When problem foods are consumed frequently, symptoms can appear to be a chronic condition rather than a food reaction.


IgG food intolerance testing can now assist to identify intolerances to offending foods.  Murray-Plains Health Spa can refer clients for testing, and a comprehensive report can not only identify foods which invoke an IgG reaction, but can indicate the severity of the reaction as well.


Many people who have had chronic gastrointestinal symptoms, asthma or eczema have been helped immensely by the identification of any IgG reactions, and the subsequent elimination of the offending food from the diet.


IgG reactions, however, is not the whole story, as some people will have gastrointestinal symptoms due to a poor diet or a decrease in digestive enzymes. 


Pauline has 25 years of experience in the treatment of food intolerances, so if you suspect that you have a food intolerance, then give us a call on 0498 392 632, to make an appointment.