Information on Salicylates and Salicylate Sensitivity

On this page you will find information about salicylate, salicylate intolerance and anything related to the subject. I hope that it will be a helpful resource and learning tool for you and I want it to be as complete as possible. So, if you have questions about salicylate sensitivity or salicylates in general that are not covered here please feel free to head over to the forum.
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What is the difference between intolerance and allergy?

Food Intolerance:

  • Is a pharmacological reaction to the chemicals in foods (it is like the side effects of a drug).
  • Is most common in children, because they consume a higher dose per weight of food chemicals than adults. But, food intolerance is also very common in women of child-bearing age, because of hormonal influences. Senior citizens can be vulnerable as well, because aging of livers and kidneys have a harder time excreting chemicals from the body. People who have been exposed pharmaceutical drugs, toxic chemicals or illness are also more likely to develop food intolerance.
  • Is more common (some experts say 10% of people are affected) and affects babies, children and adults.
  • It can take up to 48 hours or more for a food intolerance reaction to occur. When a person is in regular contact with a problem food/chemical they symptoms can appear to be a chronic condition rather than a reaction to food.
  • Food intolerance reactions are dose-related. Some people are more sensitive than others and will react to smaller doses while others are less sensitive and will only react to larger doses of the problem food/chemical.
  • Currently there is no method of testing that can accurately determine food intolerance. Elimination diets are the best way to figure out if someone is food intolerant.

In contrast a Food Allergy:

  • Is an immunological reaction to food proteins.
  • Are most likely to affect babies and young children because their immune systems are not as fully developed.
  • Are considered to be rare (experts say they affect only 1% of adults, 3% of children under five, and up to 8% of babies).
  • Reactions happen quickly – usually within 30 minutes.
  • A food allergy reaction can occur from the tiniest amount of an allergen.
  • Food allergies can be tested for the most common method being skin prick tests or blood tests.