Allergies & Sensitivities Related Conditions
Many conditions are related to or aggravated by allergies and sensitivities.
- Arthritis (rheumatoid)
- Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder
- Bladder infection (Urinary tract infection)
- Candidiasis (vaginal)
- Canker sores
- Celiac disease
- Crohn's disease
- Ear infections (recurrent)
- Eczema (including atopic dermatitis)
- Gallbladder attacks
These conditions are sometimes related to allergies and sensitivities:
Bed-wetting (Nocturnal enuresis)
If no medical cause for bed-wetting is found then allergies should be considered as a cause. Several researchers indicate that allergies may be important causes of bed-wetting.99, 100
Cyclic vomiting syndrome
Cows' milk and other foods may trigger cyclic vomiting syndrome, 101 a disorder found in almost 2 percent of school-children,102 which is identified by repeated explosive, unpredictable, and unexplained vomiting episodes.
Allergies can also trigger non-serious gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal bloating and pain, diarrhea, and gas, In one study, people who were not lactose intolerant but with symptoms thought to be due to milk allergies were given dairy products to test their body's reaction.103 It was found that their digestive systems were reacting to the dairy abnormally. This demonstrates that food sensitivities can create symptoms even though a person is not allergic.
In one trial, patients with IgA nephropathy (autoimmune kidney disease) followed a hypoallergenic diet (turkey, lamp, rabbit, rice, green vegetables, olive oil, potatoes, apples, pears, salt, and water) for 14 to 23 weeks. The lab measurements demonstrated that the kidneys were functioning more correctly, and none of the patients had relapses while on the diet.
Multiple Food Protein Intolerance
Oftentimes infants who cannot tolerant one protein, such as milk, are seen to also be intolerant of other proteins such as hydrolyzed formula (considered bypoallergenic), soy formula and even breast milk. This is known as MFPI of infancy. These babies show more symptoms of colic, These babies also often experience severe colic, regurgitating and vomiting and esophagitis (inflammed esophagus due to stomach acid irritation), or eczema. A third of all babies may have these symtoms.
Multiple chemical sensitivity
In a world increasingly filled with chemical pollutants it is not suprising the more people are reporting these sensitivities. Sensitivities can result from very small amount of chemicals, and the both the wide variety of pollutants and the varying sensitivities make it very difficult to pin down cause and effect. It is very likely, however, that these sensitivites impact reactions to other potential allergens.106-109
Musculoskeletal pain (including back pain)
People have reported a number of different musculoskeletal problems as the result or suspected result of intake of potential allergens. 111
There appears to be a connection nephrotic syndrome (a kidney disease) and sensitivities and allergies. In research studies, sometimes, but not always, the symtoms decline when allergens are removed from the diet.112, 113
See research on which this discussion is based.