Terminology

When reading different texts in this area, it becomes evident that in the medical and scientific community, there is no single global consensus on what is food allergy and what is food intolerance. For example, there are authorities who consider coeliac disease as a type of food allergy and others who regard it as a form of food intolerance. Some may not consider it as either. Indeed, it appears that it all depends on what definition one has used. The terminology which appears to have gained credibility amongst many peers is that adopted by the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (EAACI).1 The distinguishing feature of this terminology is that it is based on mechanisms rather than clinical symptoms. The structure of this terminology is outlined in Fig. 1.1. Broadly, adverse reactions are divided into toxic and non-toxic reactions.

Food Allergies

Food Allergies

Peanuts can leave you breathless. Cat dander can lead to itchy eyes, a stuffy nose, coughing and sneezing. And most of us have suffered through those seasonal allergies with horrible pollen counts. Learn more...

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