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Doctor scared my son talking about him having milk allergy. What would you say?
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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Lots
Milk allergy can be a potentially serious problem. However, in order to understand the risks involved, a patient with a potential milk allergy needs to undergo a thorough history and physical exam. If this suggests a clinical milk allergy then skin testing, blood testing and possible a food challenge could be considered.
All of this should be done by a board certified allergist.

In brief: Lots
Milk allergy can be a potentially serious problem. However, in order to understand the risks involved, a patient with a potential milk allergy needs to undergo a thorough history and physical exam. If this suggests a clinical milk allergy then skin testing, blood testing and possible a food challenge could be considered.
All of this should be done by a board certified allergist.
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Dr. Andrew Murphy
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Dr. Suresh Anand
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Milk allergy
Serious life threatening reactions or anaphylaxis have been reported in children.
Most common foods involved are peanut, tree nuts, milk, egg, sesame seeds, fish, shellfish and even soy and wheat. Careful evaluation and written guidelines by an allergist are important. All precautions to avoid and treat anaphylaxis are imperative. No one can predict future allergic reactions.

In brief: Milk allergy
Serious life threatening reactions or anaphylaxis have been reported in children.
Most common foods involved are peanut, tree nuts, milk, egg, sesame seeds, fish, shellfish and even soy and wheat. Careful evaluation and written guidelines by an allergist are important. All precautions to avoid and treat anaphylaxis are imperative. No one can predict future allergic reactions.
Dr. Suresh Anand
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
In brief: Depends on severity
And your son's age & maturity. Can you tell us more of the details?

In brief: Depends on severity
And your son's age & maturity. Can you tell us more of the details?
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. Suresh Anand
Personally, I have never seen a patient with anaphylaxis related to milk. Most patients have vague minor symptoms which they seem to 'outgrow' as they grow older. Limited challenge tests are helpful to reassure the child and the family. Anaphylaxis precautions are still appropriate without alarming the family.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr.Anand cow's milk can cause serious medical problems - & I have seen them - (1) cow's milk protein enterocolitis that presents in infants with vomiting & shock (2) anaphylaxis & (3) contact urticaria. Most of the "minor" symptoms that I see are primary or secondary lactose intolerance. Many children may ultimately tolerate milk but while still sensitive life-threatening reactions can & do occur.
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