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Food intolerances can be confused with food allergies, since the symptoms of nausea, cramps, bloating, and diarrhea are similar.
Food intolerances involve an exaggerated or abnormal physical reaction to a food or food additive, and are not associated with an immune reaction.
These reactions can be food sensitivities or intolerances.
Reactions due to intolerances, like lactose, may occur somewhat later.
These reactions, as well as intolerances, are not responsive to desensitization.