Symptoms of food intolerance

What causes a food intolerance and how is it different from a food allergy?

Food intolerance symptoms are varied and can be very disruptive to a person’s life. They may occur when you experience a food-specific IgG reaction, which has been described as an ‘intolerance’ to a particular food or drink. The body can produce a range of inflammatory responses if it incorrectly identifies the ingredient as a threat.

The effects of a food intolerance are very different to an allergic reaction, which is an immediate reaction experienced by those suffering with food allergies. Unlike allergic reactions, the immune responses associated with a food intolerance are thought to be delayed for up to 72 hours.

What are the most common symptoms of a food intolerance?

The symptoms associated with food intolerance vary in severity and are thought to affect many areas including digestion, skin, energy levels, respiration, the joints and even psychological health.

In our experience, the most common food intolerance symptoms range from migraines, eczema, IBS symptoms and bloating to joint pain, asthma, tiredness and anxiety. Simply click on the symptom types below to learn more.

Why get tested for food intolerance?

Understanding your own personal food and drink intolerances, and the effects they could have on your health and wellbeing, is important to ensure you make the best possible choices for your diet.

Do you experience any of the symptoms below? If so, it may be that food intolerance is the root cause of the problem. Click on a symptom to learn more or follow one of these links for more information on our testing.

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ibs symptoms

IBS

Are you experiencing stomach pain, abdominal discomfort, excess flatulence or bowel dysfunction? IBS symptoms can be triggered by certain foods, which may irritate the digestive system.

tiredness symptom

Tiredness and Fatigue

Do you ever ask the question: “Why am I so tired?” The food and drink that you consume can have a big effect on your energy levels. A reaction could be the root cause of tiredness symptoms.

itchy skin symptoms

Itchy Skin

Do you suffer from dry and itchy skin or skin rash? Food intolerance can contribute to skin related complaints.

acne symptoms

Acne Symptoms

Countless sufferers have tested a range of acne treatments to reduce their symptoms, oblivious to the root cause of their condition. Food intolerance may be a contributing factor.

eczema symptoms

Eczema

Eczema treatments range from moisturiser creams to UV light therapy but these do not tackle the root cause of the condition. Individuals report that changing their diet can help reduce their eczema symptoms.

bloating symptoms

Bloating

Do you suffer from a bloated stomach? Bloating after eating could be a sign of a food intolerance and avoiding your own personal trigger foods could help to alleviate the problem.

joint pain symptoms

Joint Pain

Those experiencing arthritis symptoms and general joint pain should consider the impact their diet is having on their condition. It may be a food intolerance, which is contributing to these problems.

migraine symptoms

Migraine

If you suffer from migraine symptoms, you’ll know that the condition can be hugely disruptive. But did you also know that a food intolerance could be contributing to your pain?

respiratory symptoms

Respiratory Problems

Do you experience asthma like symptoms, sinusitis or rhinitis? Food intolerance has been associated with respiratory problems and sufferers may benefit from making dietary changes.


The above information is for medical education purposes. YorkTest do not claim to treat or cure any of the symptoms mentioned on this website.