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Irritable bowel link to allergies

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common ailment that affects more than 30% of the population, causing abdominal bloating, pain, and altered bowel habits of diarrhea or constipation. Now scientists have revelled that IBS could be due to food allergies, such as meat, wheat, and soya bean, which causes the lining of the bowel to become inflamed. The best way to self diagnose an allergy would be to exclude these foods one at a time from your diet. However, doctors believe that the problem has more than one cause with bowel infections and poor pain inhibition due to an overly sensitive bowel contributing to IBS pathology.

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About: Irritable bowel link to allergies

Date: 14 July 2005

Source: BBC News

URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4678309.stm

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