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Can food allergies cause stomach pain

When you are new to food allergies or if you have never experienced a food allergy you will find there are many questions you will have. One of the questions you may ask your doctor or even others is: can food allergies cause stomach pain? The answer to this question is yes. Yes, food allergies can cause stomach pain, but before we get into why let us look at food allergies and their causes.

You might think that the food is the real cause of the problem; however it is the proteins or enzymes in the food that is the actual problem. You see food allergies are related to the immune system. The immune system is designed to protect us from certain foreign objects that enter into our system, much like the common cold. Did you know that the cold antibody is not what actually causes the runny nose, fever, and other symptoms? In fact it is the immune system that is fighting the foreign property that causes your body to have these systems. It is the same for food allergies because your immune system is attacking the proteins and enzymes to break them down it is causing a reaction with the chemicals released do to so. In other words your immune system releases a chemical that is supposed to breakdown the protein or antibody from the food. When the chemical is released you will experience hives, breathlessness, dizziness, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, fever, and even anaphylactic shock. The point is food allergies can cause stomach pain based on the symptoms you experience.

You will find that the food in your stomach will cause acid to rise in most cases while the immune system tries to break down the food. In some cases the stomach pain is related to the leaky gut syndrome where the guts are leaky gases into your body causing the pain. If you are experiencing any type of stomach pain you need to visit your doctor immediately. While food allergies can cause stomach pain, it is a rare symptom. This could mean that you are actually experiencing another sort of problem such as a stomach tumor or just a stomach ulcer. In any case the threat is immediate danger. You will most likely be able to tell if the stomach pain is related to food allergies based on the fact that you will have other allergic reactions to the food you have ingested and the reactions will be within two hours.

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February 25, 2008 - Posted by | Blogroll, Food allergy

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