Digestive Issues

Pediatric and Adult Allergist & Allergy and Immunology in Metro Detroit, Farmington Hills, MI
Digestive Issues

Digestive Issues services offered in Metro Detroit, Farmington Hills, MI

You may have digestive issues like stomach pain, diarrhea, or vomiting with certain types of allergies. However, allergies aren’t a common cause of most people’s digestive issues. Chad W. Mayer, DO, FAAAAI, FAAP, specializes in diagnosing and treating all types of allergies at Allergy & Asthma Institute of Southeast Michigan. If you have unexplained digestive issues and suspect allergies, call the office in Farmington Hills, Michigan, or book an appointment online today.

What are digestive issues?

Digestive issues include a wide range of symptoms that affect your digestive tract, such as heartburn, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. Gas and bloating are also common uncomfortable digestive issues.

These digestive issues may occur from many causes, including food poisoning, food intolerance, or an underlying digestive disease or disorder such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or carbohydrate maldigestion.

If you have ongoing indigestion, gas, or bloating, you may wonder if it’s due to a food intolerance or allergy. Or, if you have a gastrointestinal disease or disorder, you may wonder if food allergies or intolerances worsen your symptoms. 

The highly skilled allergists at Allergy & Asthma Institute of Southeast Michigan understand your questions and concerns and can help provide the answers you need. 

What types of allergies cause digestive issues?

Digestive issues are most common in people with food allergies. Symptoms of food allergies may include abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. Food allergies also cause other symptoms like hives, itchy mouth, or difficulty breathing. 

People with anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction, may experience stomach cramping as a symptom. Any allergy may cause anaphylaxis, but it’s most often seen in people with insect allergies, food allergies, or drug allergies.

What allergic-related conditions cause digestive issues?

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a chronic allergic and immune condition that affects the esophagus and causes digestive issues. EoE causes reflux, heartburn, and difficulty swallowing.

With EoE, people have a large number of eosinophils in the lining of their esophagus. Eosinophils are a type of white blood cell that causes inflammation and isn’t typically present in the esophagus. 

There’s a strong correlation between EoE and other allergic conditions like seasonal allergies, food allergies, and skin allergies. Avoiding your allergens may reduce symptoms.

Certain foods may trigger IBS symptoms, but food allergies are rarely the cause. 

When should I see an allergist for digestive issues?

If you have digestive issues after eating a specific food, you need to see the allergists at Allergy & Asthma Institute of Southeast Michigan. They can perform allergy testing to confirm or rule out allergies as the cause of your digestive issues.

Do you suspect allergies are responsible for your digestive issues? Call Allergy & Asthma Institute of Southeast Michigan or schedule an appointment online today.

We offer fully customizable treatment for food allergies, including Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) and Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) exclusively or in tandem with Xolair. Dr. Mayer has been treating food allergies for over 20 years and was one of the first providers to incorporate Xolair into successful food allergy treatments. Call us to book your appointment today.