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How do doctors diagnose milk allergies?

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Dr. Alan Goldsobel
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Skin or blood test

Milk allergy usually begins in infancy.
Most children have skin or GI issues (pain and diarrhea). Less common are nasal and chest symptoms or anaphylaxis. The diagnosis is made by skin test (by an allergist) or by measuring specific ige (blood test). Many infants, older children and adults are intolerant to milk in which case these tests would be negative. Other types of milk allergy do exist.

In brief: Skin or blood test

Milk allergy usually begins in infancy.
Most children have skin or GI issues (pain and diarrhea). Less common are nasal and chest symptoms or anaphylaxis. The diagnosis is made by skin test (by an allergist) or by measuring specific ige (blood test). Many infants, older children and adults are intolerant to milk in which case these tests would be negative. Other types of milk allergy do exist.
Dr. Alan Goldsobel
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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Several ways

The first part of milk allergy diagnosis is noting what happens when milk or dairy is ingested.
Testing can be done by an allergist with a skin test or through a blood test called immunocap checking for specific ige antibody to milk. Both are good tests. Before going to the doctor, one can eliminate milk/dairy and see if the symptoms resolve. That would be helpful evidence as well.

In brief: Several ways

The first part of milk allergy diagnosis is noting what happens when milk or dairy is ingested.
Testing can be done by an allergist with a skin test or through a blood test called immunocap checking for specific ige antibody to milk. Both are good tests. Before going to the doctor, one can eliminate milk/dairy and see if the symptoms resolve. That would be helpful evidence as well.
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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