FOOD AND ENVIRONMENTAL ALLERGIES
TREATMENT OF ALLERGIES AND INTOLERANCES
Allergies or intolerances?
However, there is a distinction between food allergies and food intolerances.
Food allergy is a reaction of the immune system to an allergen, a protein in the food that, in most people, is completely harmless, but that triggers the allergic episode. There are many foods that can stimulate the allergic episode, including the most common: beans, lentils, hazelnuts, cocoa, licorice, kiwi, asparagus, spinach, tomatoes, and mushrooms, along with other varied food categories.
The allergen causes the production of antibodies, which release organic chemical substances such as histamine. These substances, in turn, cause itching, cough, breathlessness, runny nose, and all the symptoms that are well known.
These allergies are often hereditary and can be diagnosed in the early years of childhood.
On the other hand, food intolerance is a phenomenon that does not involve the immune system but only the metabolism. A widespread phenomenon is lactose intolerance, caused by a deficiency of enzymes responsible for breaking down the milk sugar.
Among the environmental allergic disease, one of the most common is the pollen allergy, which affects many people during the spring when birch trees are in bloom. People affected by this disease are forced to take prescribed medication and use inhalers to alleviate the annoying symptoms including respiratory irritation, tearing and, sneezing.
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