Allergy vs Intolerance Testing: The Difference | Test Your Intolerance | Blog

Do you think you may have an allergy or an intolerance? Do you know the difference? If not, don’t worry, Test Your Intolerance are here to help. We have compiled a list which should help you understand the differences between an allergy and an intolerance, and also help you understand why intolerance testing is important to you. 

What exactly is an intolerance?

Well, an intolerance, whether it be related to a food or non-food item, is when the body has an inability to digest an item properly. There are many reasons why an intolerance may occur, including an overexposure to a particular item or an overindulgence. The two most common reasons that you may develop an intolerance, which we have also listed on our website include:

1) The body is lacking the necessary digestive enzymes(s) for the certain food and therefore cannot digest the item properly or efficiently take the nutrients from it. A sensitivity resulting from over-consumption or overexposure.

2) Many symptoms are the result of a sensitivity to a particular item. A sensitivity can occur from overconsumption or overexposure of an item.

So, if you are wondering whether or not you have an intolerance, one of the above statements may be the reason! If you are experiencing intolerance-like symptoms, then please feel free to purchase one of our intolerance tests today. Intolerance testing has never been so valuable.

How does Test Your Intolerance define an allergy? 

At Test Your Intolerance, we believe that the difference between an allergy and an intolerance is simple. In most cases, an allergy is hereditary and you will have it for life. It is not unheard of, however, that children and babies may suffer from allergies to tree nuts, peanuts, egg and dairy. In many cases though, children can grow out of these childhood allergies.  An intolerance, however, can develop at any time, and can also be managed, and in the end, your symptoms will subside. Allergies are detected by measuring the Immunoglobulin E count (IgE) in the blood, as these are specific blood cells that help to combat allergies. If you have an allergy to a particular food or non-food item, your body will begin to react the moment it comes into contact with it.

So, why is intolerance testing so beneficial?

Intolerance testing is beneficial because even though sensitivities are generally less severe than allergies, they can still have a serious impact on your life. Symptoms of an intolerance include headaches and nausea, seizures and hyperactivity. It is vital that you identify what is causing your intolerances as food intolerances can sometimes lead to the onset of a chronic illness.

If you are considering intolerance testing, then please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Service Advisors on, and they will assist you in choosing the correct test which would be suitable for you.