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FOOD ALLERGIES AND INTOLERANCES

FOOD INTOLERANCES

A food intolerance is an adverse reaction of the body to specific foods, it affects   the majority of the population and its  effects  are  gradual.

The main symptoms are:  abdominal bloating, intestinal gas, mouth ulcers, loss of appetite or excessive hunger, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, poor digestion, water retention, sudden weight fluctuations, acidosis, gastritis,  irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, cold, respiratory tract infection, skin inflammation, skin rash with hitching, acne, dizziness, headache, sleepiness, , chronic fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, depression.

The mains causes to investigate on are: genetics, inability in metabolizing food components (for example lactose in milk), stress, imbalanced diet,  modification of gut flora, diseases predisposing to food sensibility.

FOOD ALLERGIES

An  overreaction of the immune system triggered by a  molecule considered  potentially dangerous by the body.

The main symptoms are:  throat hitching, rash, skin hitching, skin eruptions, swelling of the mouth, face,  throat or other bodyparts, asthma, nasal congestion, respiratory problems, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, vertigo, fainting, migraine, dizziness.

The main causes can be: genetics, damage  of the  intestinal membrane,  insufficient digestion, immune system debilitation,  poor enzymatic function, early weaning, excessive hygiene, no contact with other people and  environments that activate the immune system. Prescription drug abuse or GMO foods,  large consumtion  of foods containing additives.

ANAPHYLACTIC SCHOCK

It’s the worst complication of an allergy and it can be triggered by a minimal intake of food.

In the most serious forms it can lead to respiratory occlusion, coma or death. A prompt intervention is needed in order to avoid the worst.

 The mains symptoms are:

  1. Sudden drop in pressure, intense paleness, widespread rash (starting from hands and feet), sweating with cold skin, dizziness,  serious  discomfort, anxiety, distress, hoarseness, voice deepening, irritating cough.
  2. Swelling of the respiratory tract, partial or total  occlusion of the respiratory system, increase in respiratory frequency, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, redness and skin  hitching.
  3. Blue colored skin,  feeling of suffocation.
  4. Circulatory collapse, loss of consciousness, convulsions, impossibility to breath, big drop in  pressure, coma, death.

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UNA CONFERENZA SUL SOGGETTO DELLE ALLERGIE E INTOLLERANZE ALIMENTARI TENUTA DAL RICERCATORE AUTONOMO SVIZZERO FULVIO BALMELLI