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advice on having food allergies or intolerances?

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Get tested: To differentiate between the two, you need to consult an allergist and get tested, they will advise you accordingly.
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Food allergies: Food intolerance is more common than food allergies. 90% of all true food allergies are caused by 8 different foods. Allergists are your best resource for food allergy information. For more food allergy facts, go to my blog at: http://www.Familyallergyasthmacare.Com/2013/11/did-you-know-facts-about-food-allergies-in-the-u-s/.

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Why is my 2 year old daughters stool always a shade of green? I rarely give her juice or food coloring so it cannot be the dye...

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Need advice on what is the the difference between having a food intolerance and having a food allergy?

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Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
Pediatrics 35 years experience
See below: Food allergy: usually comes on suddenly. Small amount of food can trigger. Happens every time you eat the food. Can be life-threatening food intolerance: usually comes on gradually. May only happen when you eat a lot of the food. May only happen if you eat the food often. Is not life-threatening.

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