How Can Milk Allergy Be Treated?

Allergies are mainly acquired abnormal response against any particular allergen. This allergen can be any substance or any environmental factor. Allergies are the reaction caused by our own immune system in order to protect us when from what it believes can harm the body. Millions of people around the world suffer from different types of allergies, from airborne types to food and substances that come directly in contact with our skin.

Milk contains water, carbohydrates, protein, minerals and fats; our body usually will react to the protein found in the milk, casein and whey producing milk allergies because it does not recognize them and feels it will harm the system. Milk allergies occur at all ages and sometimes it can even in those who have been drinking milk for a while but it is commonly found in children especially infants. Milk allergies can disappear as well at any time in one’s life just as they appeared.

Milk allergy has become very common. Milk allergy is one of the most common problems in children, affecting over 3% of infants, because cow’s milk is usually the first substance a baby encounters. However, this condition develops into other allergy problems from other protein sources when the baby grows up.  If you find any symptoms of milk allergy, you must become alert and then take steps in that connection.

Milk allergy can affect you as soon as you have consumed it. The symptoms of milk allergy can appear immediately after consumption or several hours (and even days) after the intake of cow’s milk. Among the children and adults that experience this condition, the most common symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and other problems involving the skin, such as eczema or hives.

Milk affects directly the digestive tract and the skin so if you suffer from milk allergies you will also encounter rashes on the skin, runny nose, asthma, bloating watery eyes and/or allergic shiners. Milk is supposed to be very basic food and forms the main part of any one’s diet and especially children’s diet. But this can be really harmful sometimes.

Doctors have categorized the symptoms into three unique patterns. The first type of patients experiences the symptoms immediately after consuming small amounts of cow’s milk. The symptoms usually appear on the skin as hives or eczema, with and without gastro-intestinal and respiratory symptoms.

The second class of patients experiences the symptoms of milk allergy several hours after the intake of “modest” amounts of cow’s milk. Unlike the first pattern, the symptoms are mainly focused on diarrhea and vomiting.

The last type of group included the patients who develop milk allergy symptoms after 20 hours or more after consuming large amounts of cow’s milk. These patients experience diarrhea with or without skin reactions and respiratory symptoms.

Doctors can easily diagnose a child with milk allergy, especially if the symptoms appeared right after the child switch to cow’s milk formula. It can also be an easy process when an adult experiences this condition frequently after eating milk-based foods. Unfortunately, the diagnosis of this condition is usually difficult for older children and adults because milk-based foods and drinks are usually consumed with other kinds of foods. To determine if a person has milk allergy, doctors will run several laboratory tests, including blood tests and skin-prick examinations. Many doctors try to eliminate milk products one at a time to determine the main cause of the problem.

Since avoiding milk products can be difficult because many foods have hidden milk proteins, it is important that a professional dietician supervise your treatment.

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