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Food allergies can trigger a wide range of symptoms throughout the body, but the effects of a food allergy do not affect the gallbladder. Gallbladder disease and symptoms from a food allergy may cause similar symptoms to occur, such as stomach discomfort and upper-abdomenal pain. If you consistently develop adverse reactions from eating certain foods, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss possible causes.
If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
The gallbladder is a sac that lies behind the liver, which stores bile for digestion. Bile is the substance used by the digestive system to break down fat so that the body can absorb the fat and store it for energy. If the cholesterol in the bile begins to clump together, it can form pebble-like stones called gallstones. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that most people with gallbladder disease are unaware that they have the condition because they lack symptoms 3. Aside from gallstones, if your gallbladder is inflamed or infected, you’re considered to have gallbladder disease.
- The gallbladder is a sac that lies behind the liver, which stores bile for digestion.
- Aside from gallstones, if your gallbladder is inflamed or infected, you’re considered to have gallbladder disease.
Gallbladder Disease and the Elimination Diet
Gallbladder disease is mostly identified by common symptoms. Because the gallbladder is located on the right side of your abdomen, most pain and discomfort develops in the right shoulder, right side of the stomach or in between your shoulder blades, according to MayoClinic.com. Symptoms that may cause concern include yellowing of your skin, high fever, body chills and intense abdominal pain that prohibits your ability to function normally. Foods that are high in fat are most likely to cause a gallbladder attack, not food allergies. Common foods that may trigger a gallbladder attack include fried foods, whole milk products and foods naturally high in fat, such as peanut butter, butter or avocados.
- Gallbladder disease is mostly identified by common symptoms.
- Foods that are high in fat are most likely to cause a gallbladder attack, not food allergies.
Food Allergies and Sensitivities
Food allergies also are referred to as food sensitivities or hypersensitivities. During a food allergy, your immune system overreacts to the proteins found in specific foods and attacks them with antibodies and other chemicals. While food allergies can trigger stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, the reaction in the body will cause other symptoms to develop.
Side Effects of Gallstones
Most food allergies cause mild symptoms, but in rare cases an allergic reaction to a food can cause life-threatening symptoms. If you have a food allergy and gallbladder disease, it may be difficult to distinguish between symptoms pertaining to the digestive system.
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Diane Marks started her writing career in 2010 and has been in health care administration for more than 30 years. She holds a registered nurse license from Citizens General Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Arts in health care education from California University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in health administration from the University of Pittsburgh.