Food intolerance is a detrimental reaction against some types of food, beverages or food additives and its not a true allergy. With food intolerance, some people can tolerate a reasonable amount of the food, but if they eat too much (or too often) they get symptoms because their body cannot tolerate unlimited amounts.
Complaints following the consumption of food can have a large variety of causes. However, all of them are caused by food consumption. Depending on the cause for the incompatibility, the symptoms are different as well. Food intolerance in a stricter sense is defined as some persons' intolerance to certain foods. the best known and most common is lactose intolerance.
Food intolerances can be classified according to their mechanism. Intolerance can result from the absence of specifc chemicals or enzymes needed to digest a food substance, a result of an defect in the body's ability to absorb nutrients or a light immune reaction against some substances. Food intolerance reactions can occur to naturally occurring chemicals in foods. Around 15% of the European population is affected by lactose intolerance. Thus, this incompatibility can consistently also be referred as being normal. The human gut loses in the course of life the ability to break down lactose and to digest it. For some people, this loss is less pronounced and the consumption of dairy products remains without consequences. People with lactose intolerance the undigested lactose is further degraded in the intestine by bacteria and as consequence production of gases that cause discomfort in the sense of fullness, abdominal pain, bloating and diarrhea can happen.
Besides the complaints, lactose intolerance is harmless. To determine the incompatibility to lactose consumption, various tests can be done. The best treatment is avoid lactose-containing foods and drinks. Tablets, which cause the digestion of the milk sugar, exist, but are relatively expensive and wide range of low-lactose or lactose-free products are available.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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