What is allergy?
An allergy is a disease of the immune system characterized by excessive reactions brought by particular antibodies against normally harmless substances (eg pollen or food). There are different types of allergy including:
It is one of the most common and annoying diseases of childhood and of the adult, which manifests itself as chronic or chronic-recurrent eczema. It is a multifactorial syndrome associated with other atopic diseases such as allergic rhinitis, asthma, urticaria, allergic conjunctivitis and allergic gastroenteritis.
One third of children with atopic dermatitis have a food allergy (AA).
It is a disease characterized by inflammation of the wall of the bronchi. About 10 to 15 children in 100 have asthma episodes.
It manifests itself by shrinking the caliber of the bronchial tubes and producing mucus inside them, with a consequent lower passage of air through the airways.
It is a rapacious and exaggerated reaction of the immune system towards an ingested food. It can cause anaphylactic shock (ex: peanuts and hazelnuts) or a variegated symptomatology that can appear on various organs and systems such as the skin, the gastro-intestinal and respiratory system.
What are food intolerances
Food intolerance or hypersensitivity is differentiated from food allergies because they do not produce anaphylactic shock and usually do not respond to traditional allergometric tests.
It manifests with fatigue, headache, postprandial abdominal swelling, joint pain, chronic constipation, urticaria, itching, a sense of slow digestion.
How to test food intolerances:
With a small sample of capillary or venous blood.
When should food intolerance be suspected?
When a disturbance rather than appearing in a passenger or occasional way, it begins to present itself more and more frequently
Are intolerances cured?
It is healed by following specialization diets
How to diagnose allergy:
All allergic forms can be diagnosed with specific allergometric tests:
Prick test: allergens specific for food allergies or inhalants are used (eg cat, dog, house dust mites, grasses, etc.).
Patch test: patches that contain allergens for food or chemicals such as: metals, nickel, perfumes, mites, grasses, antibiotics, etc. apply.
Oral provocation test, nasal provocation test, prick by prick.
That food is your medicine and your medicine is your food (Hippocrates)