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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


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My 1 year old has milk allergy. What's the best milk-like non-dairy stuff for toddlers?

My 1 year old has milk allergy. What's the best milk-like non-dairy stuff for toddlers?

Soy: Soy milk is relatively cheap, it comes fortified, and has many more vitamins and protein content that alternative milks like rice milk. Save those for extreme cases. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of milk allergy?

What are symptoms of milk allergy?

Milk allergy: It can lead to blood in stools especially in infants, diarrhea, bloating, emesis, rash, severe allergic reaction/anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a milk allergy?

What are symptoms of a milk allergy?

Milk allergy: Hives, wheezing, eczema, skin rashes, anaphylaxis- to name a few. ...Read more

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What causes milk allergy in toddlers?

What causes milk allergy in toddlers?

Antibodies to milk: Milk allergy is an adverse immune response to a certain protein in cow's milk. Allergic responses include dermatitis, gastrointestinal and respiratory distress, including such life-threatening anaphylactic responses.

Milk allergy is the most common food allergy in early childhood, affecting 2-3% of infants.

Consultation with a board-certified allergist is recommended. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have milk allergy?

How do I know if I have milk allergy?

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

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How to determine if I have a milk allergy?

The story and tests: Allergy testing can be done via skin or blood testing. Both have their advantages, but either way, without a story suggesting food allergy one cannot make a diagnosis. Rapid onset of itching, swelling, hives, wheezing, vomiting, diarrhea, leading towards allergic shock paints the picture of true food allergy; testing only confirms this is the case. ...Read more

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What foods can't a kid with milk allergy eat?

What foods can't a kid with milk allergy eat?

Any dairy: Read lables & avoid food that contains any of the following ingredients:
milk (derivative, protein, solids), cream, cheese, butter, buttermilk, butter fat,
dry milk solids, whey (delactosed, demineralized, protein concentrate),
artificial butter flavor, casein, caseinates (ammonium, calcium, magnesium,
potassium, or sodium), curds, lactose, lactalbumin phosphate, lactoferrin. ...Read more

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What can I try at home to treat milk allergy?

What can I try at home to treat milk allergy?

Identify & Avoid: Treating milk allergy means completely avoiding foods containing milk & dairy products. This includes prepared foods with milk as an ingredient. Sometimes milk is listed as casein, caseinate, or whey. Avoid these. Tuna packed in water may contain some milk. Avoid milk, ice cream, cheese, yogurt, butter, whipped & sour cream, gelato, sherbet & cream sauces & salad dressings. Lactose is usually ok. ...Read more

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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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What can be done to determine a milk allergy?

What can be done to determine a milk allergy?

History and tests: Milk allergy usually presents as skin and/or GI symptoms within minutes to hours after ingestion of small amounts of milk or other dairy products. Sometimes even skin contact will result in a hive. To confirm a milk allergy, a skin test or blood (specific ige) to milk can be performed. An allergist can assist in interpretation of tests. ...Read more

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Baby with severe milk allergy. What can one do?

Milk allergy: You need to see an allergist, they can test your baby, determine what he is allergic to and advise you on what to feed your baby and what to avoid, see a board certified allergist. Look one up at aaaai. Org or acaai. Org. ...Read more

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What can be done for a milk allergy in toddlers?

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

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What makes a milk allergy different from intolerance?

Lactose intolerance: True milk allergy is ige mediated and involves - hives, wheezing, skin rashes, anaphylaxis. Milk intolerance - most notably - lactose intolerance, is associated with loose bowel movements, abdominal cramps and gas, is due to a deficiency of the enzyme lactase. ...Read more

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What kind of foods can you eat when you have a milk allergy?

Milk allergy: The most common substitutes for milk in those patients who are allergic is usually soy or rice milk. Depending on the degree of sensitivity, some milk allergic patients can tolerate foods that have baked milk- such as dairy cakes or cookies. ...Read more

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What kind of foods can you bake when you have a milk allergy?

What kind of foods can you bake when you have a milk allergy?

Most: You can usually substitute water, soy milk, almond milk, or rice milk. ...Read more

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I have just been diagnosed with a milk allergy. What problems could this cause if I continue to consume milk?

I have just been diagnosed with a milk allergy. What problems could this cause if I continue to consume milk?

Nothing good. Don't.: Cow's milk protein allergy, like allergy to pollen, bees, etc., is due to to an individual having IgE antibodies directed against cow's milk. Once present, drinking milk can trigger allergic shock: swelling of tongue, throat, itching, wheezing, coughing, hives; dizziness, loss of consciousness, even death. Depends on several factors. Avoid milk. Carry epinephrine. Call 911 if happens. ...Read more

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Is a milk allergy curable?

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 more

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Do most babies outgrow a milk allergy?

It depends: Many babies outgrow a lactose intolerance, but some do not outgrow an allergy to milk proteins. If your baby is on a non-milk formula, your doctor may suggest a trial of a milk-based formula at some stage. Talk with your child's doctor. ...Read more

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What are the skin symptoms of milk allergy?

What are the skin symptoms of milk allergy?

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

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Could be that almond milk allergy is delaying? What are the symptoms?

Usual allergic: Ranging from itching in the mouth, hives, swelling, abdominal cramps, vomiting, diarrhea to anaphylaxis. Most food reaction, if due to allergy, occurs within 2 hours after consuming the food. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to have a milk allergy and be lactose intolerant?

Is it possible for you to have a milk allergy and be lactose intolerant?

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 more

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Could a milk allergy cause bruising?

Could a milk allergy cause bruising?

Unlikely: Milk allergy can lead to many skin symptoms including itching, hives, angioedema (swelling) and worsening eczema. The only time I've seen bruising is when a patient has been scratching so hard at the hives, that the trauma from scratching has left bruises. The milk allergy itself should not lead to bruising. ...Read more

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Will my milk allergy ever go away?

Sometimes: Sometimes milk allergy resolves on its own. There is no way to predict who will grow out of it and who will not. Milk allergy is most common in young children. You may want to consider if you are "allergic" (hives, itching, wheezing, swelling) or "intolerant" such as lactose intolerance which is typically related to the amount you have (diarrhea, bloating, gas). ...Read more

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What should I feed toddler with milk allergy?

What should I feed toddler with milk allergy?

Alternatives: Soy, oat, almond, coconut, rice and hemp milk. Taste and nutritional value vary with these, so make sure you read labels and try to purchase fortified options. Some children with dairy allergy can tolerate hydrolyzed formulations. You should discuss this with your child's pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can a milk allergy develop in a one year old?

Yes possible: 1 year olds can develop milk allergy. However, it is important to rule out other causes. Depending on what type of allergic reaction you think the milk is causing, there could be other contributing factors. Before eliminating a food from your child's diet, recommend seeing a specialist for proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you give me some tips for overcoming milk allergy?

Can you give me some tips for overcoming milk allergy?

See an allergist: An allergist can monitor your child's milk allergy periodically. By following skin tests and/or blood tests to help determine the severity of your child's milk allergy, an allergist can help advise when it is safe to try to reintroduce milk again. Also, an allergist can help advise you which foods are okay to continue and which still need to be avoided based on the severity of the milk allergy. ...Read more

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Can a milk allergy make a person want to drink more milk?

No: You have to be pretty morbid to do such a thing but milk won't make you do that. ...Read more

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Can a milk allergy make a person actually drink more milk?

Craving food: While I periodically hear of patients claiming that they are allergic to certain foods that they crave, I am not aware of any bona-fide study that ever addressed this. ...Read more

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What is a good source of calcium if you have a milk allergy?

What is a good source of calcium if you have a milk allergy?

Tums (calcium carbonate): Tums are calcium carbonate, one or two a day with vitamin d and you should be good to go. ...Read more

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What foods can I eat to get calcium if I have a milk allergy?

What foods can I eat to get calcium if I have a milk allergy?

Calcium in food: Many foods are good sources of calcium. My favorites are dark green leafy vegetables, fortified soy milk and other non-dairy beverages, such as fortified almond and coconut milk. Certain grains and cereals are also fortified. You could add on a supplement if you wish and don't forget about the addition of vitamin d that allows you to absorb and utilize the calcium. ...Read more

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What types of cheese can I feed a child who has a milk allergy?

Avoid bovine: With true bovine (cow) milk allergy, which is rare, you want to avoid any cow milk related products. (cheese or otherwise) feta cheese, made from goat milk is a reasonable product that is readily available. If your child has simple milk intolerance due to its lactose content (1/4 americans) many bovine cheeses have minimal amounts. Verify the difference-allergy vs intolerance, life might be easier. ...Read more

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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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Is buffalo milk tolerable for cows milk allergy sufferers? Thanks

Is buffalo milk tolerable for cows milk allergy sufferers? Thanks

Caution: There is a high degree of similarity between cow's milk and other mammalian milk including goat, sheep and water buffalo. Water buffalo milk is the source of buffalo mozzarella cheese eaten throughout the world. There is a case report of a milk allergic child who tolerated water buffalo milk, but a challenge like this should be done under the supervision of an allergist. ...Read more

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What is the difference between milk allergy vs lactose intollerence?

What is the difference between milk allergy vs lactose intollerence?

Good question: An allergy is when your immune system reacts to a substance, causing rashes, wheezing, etc. This can happen with milk and many other foods. Lactose intollerence is caused by a lack of an enzyme needed to digest milk. This typically causes bloating, gas and diarrhea with some cramping. Very different from an allergy. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between milk allergy and lactose intollerence?

What is the main difference between milk allergy and lactose intollerence?

Indigestion, allergy: Milk allergy is a term reserved for reactions due to allergy sensititivity to milk protein, resulting in immediate reaction including hives, breathing difficulty, vomiting and diarrhea. Lactose intolerance results from poor capacity to digest lactose, a sugar that is present in milk. Poor lactose digestion produce gas in excess, with cramping and diarrhea. ...Read more

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What to do if I need help finding foods for my 11 month old with milk allergy?

What to do if I need help finding foods for my 11 month old with milk allergy?

Many resources: For everyday foods, there are sources on the web to help find foods for people with allergies. Food allergy research & education (formerly the food allergy & anaphylaxis network) has a very reputible website with lots of good info at www. Foodallergy. Org. Also, you should see your allergist, who can help find appropriate foods for your child, especially if you need formula or milk substitues. ...Read more

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Recently, reflux every time I had dairy. I found this out after much discomfort. Eliminated milk, been well since. Possible milk allergy?

Milk is culprit: If the symptoms of acid reflux resolve after a milk elimination diet, this suggests milk was the cause. Whether the mechanism of the reaction is "allergy" or "intolerance" is still a little unclear. Frequently milk allergy has other symptoms like hives or itching. Also true milk allergy is more common in kids. If some dairy products are still tolerated, that is more suggestive of intolerance. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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Milk Allergy (Definition)

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 ...Read more