If you experience persistent problems or issues affecting your stomach, scheduling a formal visit with a gastroenterologist is highly recommended. There are numerous potential causes for stomach problems, one of them is food allergies. Some of the conditions causing the problems can include gastritis, inflammation of the stomach lining, or stomach ulcer.
It is possible to test for various food allergies at once. Testing can involve an endoscopic examination of the GI tract, fecal tests, skin tests, blood or saliva samples, dietary challenge, imaging studies, and a biopsy of the affected area.
The allergic digestive sensitivities that receive the most care are lactose intolerance, celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis, and other food allergies. Lactose intolerance means that an individual lacks the ability to digest lactose, which is a sugar found in most dairy products. When lactose sugar is not digested, bacteria will begin to metabolize the sugar and cause gas and irritation.
Celiac disease is caused by increased sensitivity to gluten, which is a protein found in various gains, flour-based food, and other products. When an immune reaction occurs in the small intestine, it can damage the intestinal villi, affecting the digestion of food.
Eosinophilic esophagitis is an uncommon condition where the individual experiences an allergic reaction to foods located in the lining of the esophagus, which causes severe sensitivity when foods pass through this digestive tract. Due to the rapid inflammation and reaction, eating or breathing can be affected.
Other food allergies can occur with virtually any other type of food. Allergic responses can arise from fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, animal products, or legumes. Common allergies include peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish. Any allergies causing respiratory problems deserves serious attention and evaluation. At Dr. Davidson’s office, patients will be evaluated based on their history of symptoms and diet. For more information on allergy testing, please call our office and schedule a consultation.