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What is the difference between an intolerance and an allergy?

Some people experience symptoms and complaints after eating certain foods. This might be the result of an allergic reaction or intolerance. The difference between them is very important: intolerances can be uncomfortable and challenging but allergies are often much more serious. On one hand, food intolerance causes a gradual reaction of e.g. cramps or headaches. Your body isn’t able to properly digest certain foods. On the other hand, a food allergy triggers an immune reaction, even in the smallest amounts. The immune system of the body mistakes the food as harmful, generates antibodies against it which initiates unwanted reactions. A doctor can help you figure out if you have a food intolerance or an allergy and he/she can help you with the symptoms by prescribing medicine or recommending a customised diet.

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