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Lactose Monohydrate Dairy Allergy
I have a dairy allergy. I was recently prescribed lyrica (pregabalin). I sm experiencing some swelling of lips tongue and throat. Lactose monohydrate?
ER or urgent care: Lactose intolerance is different from milk protein allergy, you need to sort out the cause of lip / tongue swelling, and to stop any new drug for now, hold the lyrica, (pregabalin) please see/call your doctor if you are experiencing throat swelling, hoarseness or shortness of breath, even 911 /ER, epinephrine pen might need to be handy, can use OTC antihistaminic for now, good luck
Found in milk. Lactose is a large sugar molecule that is made up of two smaller sugar molecules, glucose and galactose. In order for lactose to be absorbed from the intestine and into the body, it must first be split into glucose and galactose. The glucose and galactose are then absorbed by the cells lining the small intestine. The enzyme that splits lactose into glucose ...Read more
No: Lactose intolerance is a inherited metabolic problem in that the intestine lacks the enzyme to break down the lactose in milk. Milk allergy is also partly genetically predisposed but is not linked to lactose intolerance. There is a remote possibility that if the intestine gets inflamed enough by continuing exposure to a food allergen, the inflammation may lead to a transient lactose intolerance.
How can I be sure if I have dairy allergy? Or I if I am lactose intolerant.? Is there any sure shot test?
Can reliably tell: If you utilize a lactaid supplement. This supplement breaks down the mild sugar (lactose) that people with lactose intolerance have issues with in dairy. If Lactaid supplementation helps, then you know it's not a dairy allergy, as this allergy would be to specific milk proteins and not so much the sugar.
Allergy not just GI: Dairy intolerance is caused by an inability to digest milk sugar lactose into two simpler sugars. This results in gas, cramps, bloating, flatulence & diarrhea. Dairy allergy may cause these same symptoms but typically also causes vomiting, skin rashes like hives or eczema & even triggers allergic rhinitis & asthma. If symptoms all GI try lactose-free milk. You'll have no symptoms if intolerant.
How is it that a lot of people think that lactose intolerance and dairy allergy are the same thing?
Food Allergy: Many people believe that any symptom triggered by a food is due to allergy. However, a true food allergy is due to an abnormal immune response to the food, triggering possible systemic symptoms such as oral and dermal itching, rash, throat swelling, wheezing and GI symptoms. An intolerance is due to reduced digestive enzymes, like lactase, causing GI symptoms like cramps, bloating and gas.
Yes.: Yes. Both phenomena can cause similar symptoms.
Milk allergy/intol: If you ingest milk or other foods that are dairy or have dairy products in them and you get respiratory or skin effects you may be dairy allergic. Gastrointestinal symptoms are more confusing since most adults that have GI symptoms after milk ingestion have problems digesting the milk, most commonly a deficiency in the lactose enzyme that digests milk's complex sugar, lactose.
Get Allergy Testing: Milk allergy can frequently be confused with milk intolerance. True milk allergies can be very serious, even life threatening. Intolerance can be a severe quality of life issue, but rarely dangerous. Skin and blood testing can be done in conjunction with a thorough history to determine if you have a true anaphylactic type food allergy. I recommend evaluation by a board certified allergist.
Yes: Allergy can develop at any time or any age.
Many: The most common symptoms of a dairy or milk allergy or GI symptoms and skin symptoms. Gi symptoms would be nausea, vomiting and diarrhea (with tiny amounts). Skin symptoms would be hives, itching, swelling, or flare of eczema. In infants, bloody stools can be seen. In infants, a rare lung reaction to milk is called heiner's syndrome. A severe milk reaction is anaphylaxis.
Just like any other: Food allergy symptoms vary ranging from hives, swelling, nasal congestion and even asthma. When severe, it leads to anaphylaxis (a life-threatening reaction). Usually one has gastrointestinal upset (vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain) and/or hives along with the reaction. Wheat and dairy allergy are no exceptions except that with dairy allergy, 3/4 of the people can tolerate the cooked productSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible: Typically, food allergens (egg, milk, wheat, soy, peanut) are more likely to cause ezcematous rashes in children more so than adults.
I have had an allergy test completed and was diagnosed with a dairy allergy how reliable are these allergy tests does it mean that I can never have it?
Not very reliable: Positive allergy testing for a food item is considered to be a false positive test unless you have a reaction to the food when you eat it.See 1 more doctor answer
Any respiratory alle: Rgy. Popping ears means eustachian tube dysfunction. That's the tube that connects the middle ear to the back of the nose. This tube opens to allow air pressure to equalize on both sides of the eardrum so that we can hear & closes when we swallow or talk so that we don't go deaf. Since milk allergy can cause nasal congestion it can also effect eustachian tube function & cause ear popping.
Same for all foods: Allergic reaction to any food produces some or all of following: itchy/swollen lips/mouth/throat, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, itchy/red skin, hives, nasal congestion, chest tightness, wheezing (especially in asthmatic), light headedness, low bp. These symptoms will occur each time as little as one sip or bite of the food is eaten. Avoid dairy until consult md.See 2 more doctor answers
Yes: It may happen.Get a more detailed answer ›
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
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