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Urgent Care Reports: Food Allergy Vs. Food Intolerance

First Med Urgent Care News

Imagine that you sit down to eat a wonderfully prepared meal and it tastes so good that you gobble it right up, but some time after consuming the food a strange feeling comes over you. Something about that food just didn’t sit right with you and before you know it, you’re getting sick. What was that about? A food allergy or perhaps a food intolerance? What is the difference anyway? Our urgent care report will unravel the mystery behind these two commonly confused conditions.

First let’s tackle food allergies. There are some common clues that a food allergy was the cause of your nasty reaction. Here are some indicators:

  • Usually comes on suddenly
  • Even a small food portion can trigger it
  • Happens every time you eat said food
  • Can be life-threatening

Some known symptoms for food allergies:

  • Rash, hives or itchy skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Sudden blood pressure drop

If this happens, call 911 or rush to an emergency room!

Here’s what you should know about a food intolerance:

  • Usually comes on gradually
  • May only happen with large food portion
  • May only happen if food is eaten often
  • Is not life-threatening

Some known symptoms for food allergies:

  • Gas, cramps or bloating
  • Heartburn
  • Headaches
  • Irritability or nervousness

Some symptoms can overlap with both of these conditions and they include nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting.

If you ever experience these symptoms for a food intolerance it is important to keep track of the food you ate which could have caused this discomfort. If it was a mixed meal (meaning food was combined with something else) and you aren’t sure which item caused you trouble, then keeping a food journal will help you narrow it down in the future.

For a food allergy, the result of eating the food you’re allergic to could have much more serious consequences. Try to steer clear of anything you are found to be allergic to!

Please note; First Med Urgent Care is a walk-in urgent care medical clinic that provides medical treatment for non-emergency medical problems. While our urgent care is capable of treating many illnesses, our urgent care is not designed to treat life-threatening illnesses and this is best left to emergency room care.