Food allergies are not what they seem, half the time

November 1st, 2008 - 11:33 am ICT by IANS  

London, Nov 1 (IANS) Half of all food allergies are no allergies at all, according to a new study based on 419 patients in Germany. Extensive testing could confirm food allergy only in 214 patients, said Cornelia S. Seitz, allergologist at Wurzburg University.

Thus, food allergies are more often suspected than proven. This can clearly impair the patient’s quality of life, as he or she has to avoid specific foods or has to be nervous all the time.

On the other hand, food allergy may be unrecognised or underestimated and this can even be potentially fatal. Other diseases must also be considered, such as intolerance, gastrointestinal disease or psychovegetative reactions.

Only an intensive allergological investigation can confirm or disprove food allergy, said Seitz, according to a statement from the university.

These findings were presented in the current edition of Deutsches Ă„rzteblatt International.

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