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Food allergy and intolerance

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What is food allergy and intolerance?

Key points Food intolerance is the general term used to describe a range of adverse responses to food, including allergic reactions, adverse...

Wheat intolerance and coeliac disease

Key points Wheat is an important and nutritious staple in the UK diet. True wheat allergy is a very rare condition. Coeliac disease is a bowel...

Lactose intolerance

Key points Lactose intolerance is the most commonly diagnosed adverse reaction to cow's milk among adolescents and adults. Symptoms include...

Peanut allergy

Key points Peanut allergy can be very severe and in some cases life threatening Symptoms of peanut allergy tend to appear almost immediately after...

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