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I had today symptoms such as stomach cramps and stomach discomfort or bloating a couple of hours after breakfast (fruit cereals and soy milk)

What is the cause of this abdominal pain?



Dear Joseph,

Many different conditions can cause abdominal pain.

One possible cause is food allergy.

Normally, your body's immune system defends against potentially harmful substances, such as bacteria, viruses, and toxins.

In some people, an immune response is triggered by a substance that is generally harmless, such as a specific food.

In a true food allergy, the immune system produces antibodies and histamine in response to the specific food.

Any food can cause an allergic reaction, but a few foods are the main culprits.

Soy, wheat and other gluten-containing grains can cause a food allergy.

You should avoid the suspected food until your symptoms disappear (elimination diets). Then the foods are reintroduced to see if you develop an allergic reaction.

The only proven treatment for a food allergy is to avoid the food.


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