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Difference between lactose intolerance and milk allergy?

Difference between lactose intolerance and milk allergy?

Milk issues: Milk allergy causes hives, swelling of soft tissues such as lips and tongue, shortness of breath and in extreme cases anaphylactic reactions, it may also cause severe abdominal cramps. The effects are immediate after milk ingestion. While lactose intolerance can cause gas and bloating 1-2 hours after ingestion of dairy products and sometimes diarrhea. ...Read more

Gluten (Definition)

Wheat barley rye contains gluten, a protein molecule that in susceptible people can cause reactions and long term illness. There is celiac, the most well known and severe gluten disease. There is gluten sensitivity, affecting more people, but usually milder. There is wheat allergy, less common than the others. The treatment, for now, is to avoid all gluten in ...Read more


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What's the difference between lactose intolerance and milk allergy?

What's the difference between lactose intolerance and milk allergy?

Big difference: In lactose intolerance the small intestine can't digest lactose into glucose & galactose. These 2 sugars but not lactose can be absorbed. If lactose reaches the large intestine bacteria break it down to lactic & co2. Lactic acid causes diarrhea. Co2 is a gas causing bloating, cramps &...Well, gas. Allergy involves the immune system with symptoms like hives, eczema, asthma, vomiting & anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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Wheat intolerence and gluten intolerence, is there a difference?

Wheat intolerence and gluten intolerence, is there a difference?

Wheat and Gluten: Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. You could possibly have a reaction to wheat, but not other gluten- containing grains. The exact meaning of "Intolerance" is not clear, so I can't be certain what you mean by that. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between gluten intolerance and celiac disease?

Whats the difference between gluten intolerance and celiac disease?

Gluten intolerance: Celiac disease or sprue is an autoimmune disease and gluten intolerance is not even though the literature is sometimes confusing. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a gluten allergy and a gluten intolerance?

What is the difference between a gluten allergy and a gluten intolerance?

Wording issues: You will be intolerant to gluten if you are allergic to it.Your body will have reactions to it and many could be severe. Allergy skin tests and blood tests would be positive. You could be intolerant to gluten but not have typical allergic reactions (hives, difficulty breathing, positive skin and blood tests), but you might have indigestion, constant bloating, intermittent diarrhea, etc. ...Read more

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What is the difference between milk allergy vs lactose intollerence?

What is the difference between milk allergy vs lactose intollerence?

Good question: An allergy is when your immune system reacts to a substance, causing rashes, wheezing, etc. This can happen with milk and many other foods. Lactose intollerence is caused by a lack of an enzyme needed to digest milk. This typically causes bloating, gas and diarrhea with some cramping. Very different from an allergy. ...Read more

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What is the difference between celiacs and gluten sensitivity?

What is the difference between celiacs and gluten sensitivity?

One is a disease: Celiac disease is an immune reaction to the food and will happen even with a trace of ingested gluten. In general some people "respond" to limiting gluten despite not having Celiac because they are now paying attention to food labels. Gluten containing foods tend to be highly refined / processed. By avoiding these one is eating more REAL food. This is likely the benefit if "sensitive" ...Read more

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What is the main difference between milk allergy and lactose intollerence?

What is the main difference between milk allergy and lactose intollerence?

Indigestion, allergy: Milk allergy is a term reserved for reactions due to allergy sensititivity to milk protein, resulting in immediate reaction including hives, breathing difficulty, vomiting and diarrhea. Lactose intolerance results from poor capacity to digest lactose, a sugar that is present in milk. Poor lactose digestion produce gas in excess, with cramping and diarrhea. ...Read more

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What is the differance with gluten and wheat intollerance?

What is the differance with gluten and wheat intollerance?

Same but different..: If you are intolerant or allergic to wheat and not gluten sensitive, then you only have to avoid eating foods made of or containing wheat. Even though all wheat products have gluten, if you are gluten sensitive, you also have to avoid barley, rye and spelt. So if a product is gluten free then it is also wheat free. But the reverse is not true. Wheat free product may contain gluten. ...Read more

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What's the difference between food allergy and food intolerance?

Mechanism: Food allergies are mediated by the ige antibody and it takes only a small amount to lead to a severe even anaphylactic allergic reaction and rarely death. Food intolerance is GI symptoms of bloating, gassy, crampy belly pain and diarrhea after eating usually larger amounts of a food. Intolerances are more common (like lactose intolerance) and are not mediated by ige antibody and not life ending. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between having celiac disease and gluten sensitivity?

Whats the difference between having celiac disease and gluten sensitivity?

Effect on the body: You can be intolerant or react to gluten containing products with cramping, diarrhea, hives , etc. If this occurs and your blood test and or intestinal biopsy are positive for tissue damage markers, anti-intestinal antibodies you have celiac. A negative set of blood tests/biopsy suggest just intolerance. Both issues are complex and the rational approach to management is the same, avoid gluten. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a wheat/gluten intolerance and celiacs disease?

What is the difference between a wheat/gluten intolerance and celiacs disease?

A matter of degree: Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition where eating foods with gluten damage the intestinal lining causing gastrointestinal symptoms and sometimes cause skin rashes. Patients must strictly avoid all gluten. People with gluten intolerance can usually tolerate small amounts of gluten and do not have celiac disease. See a specialist for proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the difference in symptoms of dairy allergy vs. Dairy intolerance?

What is the difference in symptoms of dairy allergy vs. Dairy intolerance?

Allergy not just GI: Dairy intolerance is caused by an inability to digest milk sugar lactose into two simpler sugars. This results in gas, cramps, bloating, flatulence & diarrhea. Dairy allergy may cause these same symptoms but typically also causes vomiting, skin rashes like hives or eczema & even triggers allergic rhinitis & asthma. If symptoms all GI try lactose-free milk. You'll have no symptoms if intolerant. ...Read more

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Is there any difference between a wheat allergy and celiac disease?

Allergy vs celiac: A wheat allergy is the symptoms that occur when you make ige antibodies to wheat. Celiac disease is the symptoms that occur when your body makes IgA antibodies to the gluten in wheat, rye and barley. The symptoms can be similar in that both can cause bloating, abdominal pain, loose stools, etc. Allergies can cause anaphylaxis and celiac raises cancer risk, so it helps to find out which you have. ...Read more

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Need clarification: what is the difference between lactose intolerance and milk allergy?

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Need clarification: what is the difference between lactose intolerance and milk allergy?

Enzyme and immunity: Lactose intolerance is due to a lack of lactase to break down the lactose thereby allowing it to get down to the large intestine where the bacteria start to use it leading to gas and diarrhea this may be corrected by taking lactase tablets ahead of time.Milk allergy is an allergic reaction. Often involves other systems . The only treatment is avoidance. Cooked product ok for 1/2 of the sufferers. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a food intolerance and food allergy?

What's the difference between a food intolerance and food allergy?

Physical reactions to certain foods are common, but most are caused by a food intolerance rather than a food allergy: A food intolerance can cause some of the same signs and symptoms as a food allergy, so people often confuse the two. A true food allergy causes an immune system reaction that affects numerous organs in the body. It can cause a range of symptoms. In some cases, an allergic reaction to a food can be severe or life-threatening. In contrast, food intolerance symptoms are generally less serious and often limited to digestive problems. If you have a food intolerance, you may be able to eat small amounts of the offending food without trouble. You may also be able to prevent a reaction. For example, if you have lactose intolerance, you may be able to drink lactose-free milk or take lactase enzyme pills (Lactaid) to aid digestion. Causes of food intolerance include: Absence of an enzyme needed to fully digest a food. , Irritable bowel syndrome. , Food poisoning. , Sensitivity to food additives. , Recurring stress or psychological factors. , Celiac disease. . If you have a reaction after eating a particular food, see your doctor to determine whether you have a food intolerance or a food allergy. If you have a food allergy, you may be at risk of a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) — even if past reactions have been mild. Learn how to recognize a severe allergic reaction and know what to do if one occurs. You may need to carry an emergency epinephrine shot (EpiPen, Auvi-Q, others) for emergency self-treatment. If you have a food intolerance, your doctor may recommend steps to aid digestion of certain foods or to treat the underlying condition causing your reaction. ...Read more

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Doctors, what is the difference between celiac disease and gluten allergy?

Doctors, what is the difference between celiac disease and gluten allergy?

Sxs/mechanism: A true food allergy goes through the immune system and causes a sudden, potentially life threatening reaction (anaphylaxis) which includes hives, swelling, breathing sxs, GI sxs, heart sxs, nasal/eye sxs. This can be diagnosed by an allergist. Celiac is a different immune response to gluten in the gut. Symptoms can be more subtle (stomach sxs and others) and initial eval involves a blood test. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a food allergy and intolerance?

What's the difference between a food allergy and intolerance?

Intolerance subset: Food allergy (fa) is a subset of food intolerance (fi). Fa involves an abnormal immune system reaction to an otherwise innocuous food. Mechanisms of fi include inability to digest a food as in lactose intolerance. Fa can be life-threatening; fi is not. Symptoms of fi are limited to the GI tract - pain, bloat, gas, vomiting, diarrhea. Fa symptoms may be GI as well as respiratory, skin & cardiac. ...Read more

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Wheat Allergy (Definition)

A wheat allergy is an exaggerated immune response due to exposure to wheat protein. The reaction can present with typical symptoms of hives, respiratory symptoms (cough, wheeze, shortness of breath), GI symptoms (abdominal pain, vomiting), swelling, loss of consciousness, and can be fatal. Symptoms typically present within minutes to a couple hours ...Read more


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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more