Intolerance to particular foods can lead to a lifetime of digestive discomfort. At Gotham Gastroenterology, with locations throughout New York City in the Midtown East and Financial District neighborhoods of Manhattan, New York, and Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, the skilled gastroenterologists offer comprehensive care to help you manage symptoms of food intolerances and help you avoid triggers while still eating a healthy diet. Learn more about options for treating a food intolerance by calling one of the offices today, or by requesting a consultation online.
Food intolerances are sensitivities to certain foods and are not the same thing as a food allergy. With an intolerance, you have difficulty digesting certain types of food, but your immune system isn’t involved in your symptoms.
An intolerance happens when your body can’t break down certain foods properly. You may develop a food intolerance because of sensitivities to chemicals or additives in what you eat, or because you lack certain enzymes necessary to break down food.
Some of the most common triggers of food intolerance include:
Gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, is also a common source of food intolerance.
The most common signs of food intolerance include symptoms that develop after you consume certain food or beverages include:
Food intolerances can also trigger skin-related symptoms, such as flushing of the skin or rashes.
After carefully reviewing your personal and family medical history, your Gotham Gastroenterology provider discusses your diet and your symptoms. In many cases, pinpointing the cause of food intolerance is done through trial and error. Your doctor may suggest keeping track of the food you eat and the symptoms that result.
Your Gotham Gastroenterology provider may also start you on an elimination diet, a process where you remove foods from your diet and slowly add them back in to monitor your body’s reaction.
If you have a condition, like celiac disease, where you can’t tolerate gluten, your doctor may order a capsule endoscopy to take images of your digestive tract and confirm your medical issue.
Treating a food intolerance focuses on creating a diet that helps you avoid certain food that triggers digestive discomfort and other symptoms.
The team at Gotham Gastroenterology may also recommend medications to relieve your symptoms, such as over-the-counter or prescription medications for acid reflux, diarrhea, and gas.
If you suspect you have a food intolerance or experience unexplained digestive discomfort, schedule an evaluation at Gotham Gastroenterology today using the online booking feature or by calling one of the offices.