Food and symptoms diaries can help yourself and a healthcare professional to determine what foods may be causing you or a loved ones reactions.
Symptoms of a food intolerance
There are many possible symptoms that could be caused by having an intolerance to food. Depending on the type of food that is suspected depends on the possible range of symptoms. These symptoms may also be experienced in other conditions in the absence of food being a problem so should always be discussed with a healthcare professional. Symptoms commonly effect the digestive, skin and respiratory systems.
Diagnosing a food intolerance
If you suspect a food may be the cause of the symptoms you or your child has experienced it is important to avoid that food and discuss further with a healthcare professional they should take a detailed patient history and decide if a trial elimination and re-introduction is necessary. There are no tests e.g. a blood test used to diagnose a food intolerance. If a non IgE mediated food allergy is suspected then a trial elimination usually for 2-6 weeks is recommended.
Keeping a food and symptoms diary of the food eaten and symptoms experienced can be a useful way to build up patterns and highlight suspected food related reactions and reproducibility. You can find a downloadable version of a food and symptoms diary below.