Dr. med. Elisabeth Scherwitz Josenhans, Traunstein
It is no longer possible to diagnose food allergies or food intolerances, particularly in children, simply with traditional allergy tests. More and more masked allergic disorders involving a variety of symptoms are occurring. This is particularly true of food allergies. Today food allergy is a disease with many clinical pictures. It includes a wide range of different types of complaints which affect the whole body from head to toe (see diagram 1 by Prof Wiithrich, Zurich).
Food intolerance is usually seen on the skin, in the form of a rash or local swelling, mostly however as neurodermatitis or else simply as general itching.
Obviously, as you might expect, food intolerance can also manifest itself through disorders of the digestive organs. This can range from a simple aversion to a particular food to chronic diarrhoea. Abdominal cramps, vomiting, flatulence and proctitis are also possible.
If a patient presented with a...