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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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Milk Allergy (Overview)

Milk allergy is a condition in which the body has an abnormal response to milk and milk-containing products. Common symptoms include vomiting, hives, wheezing, digestive problems, and in very severe cases, the allergy may be life-threatening.


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How long will a milk allergy last in a baby and will it go away?

How long will a milk allergy last in a baby and will it go away?

Unpredictable: Most infants outgrow milk protein allergy by the age of 2 years--more importantly, about 80% of children will outgrow allergy to milk by the age of 5. See an allergist for appropriate testing and recommendations on when to reintroduce milk into your child's diet. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
132 doctors shared insights

Milk Allergy (Overview)

Milk allergy is a condition in which the body has an abnormal response to milk and milk-containing products. Common symptoms include vomiting, hives, wheezing, digestive problems, and in very severe cases, the allergy may be life-threatening.


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How does milk allergy differ from milk intolerance?

How does milk allergy differ from milk intolerance?

Immune mechanism: Reactions to foods can be from immune reactions, or from other mechanisms. Allergy is an immune reaction against the food. An intolerance might happen when you lack an enzyme to digest the food, such as with lactose (milk) intolerance. Generally speaking, intolerances are milder, not life-threatening, and cannot be diagnosed by typical allergy scratch or prick tests. ...Read more

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What are the initial signs of a milk allergy?

What are the initial signs of a milk allergy?

Blood in stool: Other forms of immunologic reaction to milk are cow's milk induced proctocolitis & enterocolitis (fpies). These typically begin in the newborn period and are often due to traces of cow's milk or soy present in breast milk. In proctocolitis the infant passes stool with streaks of red blood. In fpies vomiting & diarrhea begin 1-2 hours after feeding & may be accompanied by prostration and shock. ...Read more

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How best to diagnose milk allergy? Skin test or blood test?

How best to diagnose milk allergy?  Skin test or blood test?

Probably skin.: If someone is allergic to some allergen, like milk, a skin test can be done to see if there is reaction to it. Swelling and redness of the site can tell how severe it is. Clinical labs may be able to test reactions serologically, so blood might be taken also for this. ...Read more

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My blood test said I have a milk allergy (moderate), but i still drink milk. Could the blood tests have been wrong? Could it weaken my immune system?

Irrelevant test : Unfortunately, food allergy testing by skin test or blood test is not very predictive. A negative skin test is very good about saying a person is not allergic, but positive blood and skin tests are very common and are clinically relevant less than 50% of the time. The real milk test is what happens when you drink it----nothing. This is a problem with the test and not your immune system. ...Read more

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How can I know if my baby has milk allergy? No vomiting no reflu only severe colic, she is 3 months now.

Rare but possible Dx: True milk allergy would produce 24/7 sx & could produces frothy pink stools with blood. Intolerance to a milk component may produce less intense sx. Use of a special hypoallergenic formula like ready to feed alumentum for 4-5 days would wash out the milk & calm baby if this were the issue.If baby is not noticeably better, other factors are involved. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

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