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Food allergy facts

On this part of the website you can learn about the basics of food allergy.

Food allergy and other reactions to food

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Typically it is commonly used foods that cause allergic reactions, for example, cows’ milk, shrimps, peanuts, fruits or vegetables. However, it is possible to react to a food without being allergic. Lactose intolerance is an example of a non-allergic reaction. Different kinds of food poisoning can also provoke symptoms that are similar to the symptoms experienced in food allergy. In order to distinguish between a food allergy and other reactions to food a person with symptoms needs to seek medical advice.

On this part of the website you can learn more about the differences between food allergy and other reactions to food. You can also find out more about the extent of the problem, possible causes, prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of food allergy.

Pollen allergy, latex allergy and food

People who are allergic to pollen or latex may also experience problems when eating certain foods. This is because our bodies cannot distinguish between the substances in pollen or latex causing allergy and similar substances in e.g. fruits, vegetables, and nuts. This is called cross-reactivity or cross allergy. You can also read more about this issue on this part of the website.

Coeliac disease (gluten hypersensitivity)

In addition, you will find information about the intestinal disorder, coeliac disease, which is caused by hypersensitivity towards gluten. A person diagnosed with coeliac disease cannot tolerate foods containing wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelt and kamut. 

More information

Contains links to the Food Allergy Portal, which is a collection of critically assessed websites about food allergy, and to EuroPrevall articles suitable for the general public.