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what sort of disorder is food allergies?

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Dr. Joel Selter
37 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Food allergies: Food allergies are immunologic reactions to food proteins mediated by ige. Symptoms can consist of oropharyngeal itchiness, swelling of lips, hives, vomiting and even anaphylaxis.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
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Dr. Charles Cattano
39 years experience Gastroenterology
Many patients also have strong adverse reactions to food that may be classified as intolerance but are not "allergic" by mechanism. Your doctor can help distinguish these by history and specific tests.
Feb 12, 2012
Dr. Mark Diamond
46 years experience Pediatrics
Food Intolerances: These are often called food " allergies", but a different chemistry is involved. The symptoms are gastrintestinal, such as diarrhea, gas, vomiting or stomache. These are annoying but never life-threatening such as an allegic anaphylactic reaction.Sometimes these are severely uncomfortable and other times mild enough that the child can tolerate the problem.
Answered on Jun 10, 2013
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