The doctor tells me I’m not allergic to foods. How can that be?

Four categories of immune-mediated adverse reactions to foods:

  • IgE-mediated –“allergic reactions”, oral allergy syndrome
  • Non-IgE-mediated: celiac disease, lactose intolerance
  • Mixed reactions: gluten sensitivity, eosinophilic esophagitis, mastocytic colitis
  • Cell-mediated reactions

Examples of non-allergic but toxic reactions to foods:

Celiac disease:

Severe sensitivity to gluten containing products leads to a host of symptoms ranging from chronic diarrhea and inability to gain weight to anemia, depression and brain fog.

Gluten sensitivity:

Sensitivity to gluten containing products.  Generally less severe than celiac disease, but still significant impact on quality of life.

Scombroid fish poisoning:

Spoiled dark meat fish contains histamine-like toxins leading to symptoms similar to an allergic reaction.

Neurologic responses:

Auriculotemporal syndrome: foods trigger increased salivation resulting in facial vasodilation (flushing) of the lower cheek.

Gustatory rhinitis:

Spicy foods inducing rhinorrhea

Scombroid fish poisoning:

Abdominal pain, bloating, and diarrhea due to dairy products.

Success identifying a food allergy or sensitivity like celiac disease requires a personalized approach.  At The Food Allergy Center of Asthma & Allergy Associates, PC in Colorado Springs you can have that.  We have board-certified allergists, a qualified nursing staff and a nutritionist to come up with the best plan for your gluten allergy or other food sensitivity issue in Colorado Springs.