Diarrhoea, bloating and flatulence can have many causes. One of them we often diagnose in our Allmedica practice in Puerto de Andratx: food intolerance.

If the intestines cannot break down or digest certain foods properly, the symptoms can go beyond those mentioned above and food intolerance can even manifest itself as dizziness, headaches or general fatigue.

As experienced doctors on Mallorca, we use tests to find out whether a food intolerance is present. Once the “culprit” has been identified, we draw up a diet plan with our patients so that they can live free of complaints and eat with pleasure again as quickly as possible.

Food intolerance vs. food intolerance vs. allergy
Food intolerance, food intolerance and food allergy are often confused or even mixed up. It is important to distinguish between the following:

The term food intolerance is the generic term for all reactions in the body to natural or artificial ingredients in our food.

In the case of food intolerance, the immune system is not involved. The body (intestine) can metabolise certain substances poorly or not at all. The consequences are flatulence, abdominal pain, bloating. The most common triggers are fructose, lactose, histamine and gluten.

In food allergies, the immune system is involved. It forms antibodies to certain foods, which it defines as supposedly harmful proteins. The body’s defence mechanism manifests itself in allergic reactions such as skin rashes and shortness of breath. The memory cells of the immune system store the “wrong” enemy and react as soon as the food is taken again in the future. Most allergens are found in nuts, fish, seafood, eggs, milk, but also in some fruits and vegetables.

How do you recognise a food intolerance?

In an initial consultation at our Allmedica Mallorca practice, we ask our patients about the time between food intake and the onset of symptoms. A food intolerance occurs with a time delay. The symptoms often only appear after 6 or even up to 72 hours after consumption. Depending on the amount of the intolerant food, symptoms can be gradual or intense.
It is important to monitor your body closely and identify possible “culprits”.

How can food intolerance be medically diagnosed?
In our practice in Puerto de Andratx, we carry out an intolerance test if you suspect a food intolerance. A blood test is done to measure the immunoglobulin G in the blood. This is an antibody that is produced when you come into contact with food or pathogens.
A skin test involves lightly scratching the skin and applying a solution of food protein to the area. The reaction on the skin is observed.

How is food intolerance treated?
The treatment is abstinence.
Once the trigger has been identified, a dietary plan must be made in which the trigger is completely avoided and substitute foods are incorporated into the daily diet.
Medication plays little or no role in the treatment of food intolerance.

If you suspect that you cannot tolerate a food, then contact our experienced German doctors in Puerto de Andratx. In our Allmedica clinic we treat you holistically, accompany you in changing your diet and make sure that you do not miss any vital minerals and vitamins by abstaining. Talk to us!