Common allergies, intolerance and sensitivities can present in a range of symptoms which make it challenging to define person to person. Items such as dairy, nuts, gluten, and pet hair are common causes of reactions, but also frequently appear in modern life.
Listed below are the most common symptoms linked to common intolerance and allergies.
Bloating is the most common primary and secondary symptom of an intolerance and allergy. Defined as the swelling or distension of the abdomen it can lead to visible distension for some; others have the sensation without a noticeable physical change. As bloating is related to the digestive system, it is often linked with excess wind or flatulence, discomfort and stomach swelling.
Bloating can also be a sign of various issues within the body, the main one being a food allergy or intolerance.
OTHER CAUSES OF BLOATING ARE:
Lacking nutrients (or struggling to absorb them)
Bloating also occurs as a side effect from dehydration, anxiety, stress and pregnancy.
Diarrhoea is an increased occurrence of excretion, looser, liquid-like stool. The holding or attempted prevention of this embarrassing symptom can lead to a painful stomach and bloating. Like bloating, it can be a primary symptom or secondary symptom of an intolerance, food sensitivity or allergy.
Diarrhoea is a common sign of an undiagnosed food allergy or intolerance where a person’s digestive system is trying to remove the offending item by flushing it out. Regular sufferers of diarrhoea should seek and allergy or intolerance test. Unchecked diarrhoea can lead to dehydration, vitamin and nutrient deficiencies and even haemorrhoids.
Unlike diarrhoea, constipation is where an individual finds it difficult to defecate, or the stools can be painful to pass. The increased excrement in the bowels can trigger cramps, stomach pain and bloating.
Constipation is often caused by the intestines absorbing a lot of water from your digestive system as it’s needed elsewhere. This slows the movement of faecal matter and prevents you from being able to pass effectively. A common cause of constipation is the consumption of items that trigger food intolerances or food sensitivities.
Fatigue is physical or mental exertion and is easily missed as a food intolerance symptom. People often ignore feeling tired and misdiagnose as a busy lifestyle or lack of sleep. Disregarding the symptoms of fatigue long-term have shown to be a common cause of mental health issues.
Energy that is diverted from other areas of the body to deal with digestion or the symptoms caused by trigger foods leads to fatigue. Understanding possible causes of allergies and intolerances can help you to avoid these triggers allowing you to sleep better and have more energy.
There are two types of headaches: primary and secondary. Secondary headaches are caused by food or non-food sensitivities, intolerances or allergies. These symptoms can be caused by consuming foods or being in contact with items that cause a reaction. Vapours can also enter the nasal canal and directly cause a headache reaction.
HEADACHES ARE ONE OF THE MOST MISDIAGNOSED INTOLERANCE SYMPTOMS DUE TO THEIR CONFUSION WITH:
Flu / General Illness