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Milk Allergy And Lupus
Food allergy: Food allergy is diagnosed by clinical symptoms and supported with diagnostic test or allergy test. Clinical symptoms vary. It can be simple hives to more serious life threatening anaphylaxis. However, the key is symptoms only occur right after ingesting the food, in this case milk. There are also some other allergic reactions that does not happen immediately like eczema, esophagitis... ...Read more
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
Avoid milk: In deference to the milk industry lobby, it is not a necessary part of a kids diet.It is a convenient source of calcium for bone growth, but there are others. Some milk allergic kids can tolerate it if the milk protein is broken up in baking or other cooking processes, so all foods with milk are not necessarily excluded. Work with your pcp or allergist to find a happy balance. ...Read more
Working on it: Several research protocols look very promising, primarily through oral desensitization (OIT) - in other words, ingesting increasing amounts over time. However, this risks anaphylaxis, and is not ready for "prime time". Questions remain as to whether this is permanent (thus being "cured"). However, many, many of my patients (mostly youngsters) have just outgrown it with time, and remain just fine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A variety!: Depending on the patient, cow milk allergy symptoms can include:itchy mouth/throat, facial &/or airway swelling, difficulty breathing or talking, cough, wheeze, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (can be bloody), poor weight gain or even weight loss in kids, flushing, hives, eye redness, itch, &/or swelling, runny, itchy, &/or stuffy nose, sneezing, abdominal pain, feeling of impending doom and even shock or cardiac arrest! ...Read more
Milk allergy: Immediately after consuming milk, signs and symptoms of a milk allergy might include:hives, wheezing, vomiting, signs and symptoms that may take more time to develop include:loose stools, which may contain blood, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, coughing or wheezing, runny nose, watery eyes, itchy skin rash, often around the mouth, colic in babies. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Yes you can get both. Lactose intolerance individuals get abdominal cramp, gases, diarrhea when consuming milk or dairy products. Symptoms depend on the severity of your intolerance and the amount of milk you consume. Symptoms should resolve within a week of avoiding milk. Milk allergy in the other hand can cause hives, eczema, abdo pain, blood in stool, and worst, throat closing or anaphylaxis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Milk intolerance is most often not an allergy but a deficiency of the enzyme (lactase) that breaks down lactose (a complex milk sugar). If it is not broken down it is poorly absorbed and bacteria act on it to form gas & acids and abdominal pain. Several things can cause low lactase. I recommend trying to eliminate milk products if that stops it, try lactaid and slowly add milk, it may work. ...Read more
Depends: Different reactions could occur as a manifestation of milk allergy most commonly rashes (eczema or hives) or GI symptoms (usually pain or diarrhea). Eosinophilic esophagitis, an allergic reaction in the esophagus is often associated with milk allergy. Other manifestations include nasal symptoms, especially congestion, or wheezing. And the most severe manifestion of milk allergy is anaphylaxis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: There are a variety of sources depending on age and co-existing food allergies. Soy milk is a possible but 30% of cow milk allergic will be allergic to it. Goat milk or cheese, rice milk, etc. Older kids can simply be fed Tums wafers/tablets I a once or twice a day dosing based on size/need. These have enough calcium. The fluid/sugar & fat found in cow milk can be found in many sources. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If true allergy, no: If you had allergic reaction (itchy mouth, throat discomfort, nausea, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, hives, etc.) with positve blood or skin test for allergic antibodies (ige) to milk, then avoid all dairy products. If only abdominal cramps, diarrhea with negative test for milk specific ige then this may be lactose (milk sugar) intolerance and you may be able to tolerate lactaid, a lactose-free milk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoidance: Not sure what "slow onset milk allergy" means. One is either allergic to milk or not. If one has ige mediated allergy to milk - suspected by history and confirmed by skin test and / or blood test - then strict avoidance is the treatment. www.foodallergy.org is a good resource for milk free recipes. Depending on the type of milk allergy one need to also consider whether having an epi pen is needed. ...Read more
Milk allergy: Yes. A very large percentage of asthma sufferers are allergic. Many of these allergies are significant and can enter into the causation of the allergy. Cows milk allergy is one of the commonest food allergies and causes considerable chronic illness especially in children. Ask your doctor for a referral to an allergist for a complete workup concerning allergies and asthma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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