Vital Information To Know Concerning Milk Allergies Some individuals are allergic to milk and dairy products. This is because their immune system sees the incoming milk protein as an attacking body and attempts to ward it off. It is basically your body making a mistake of identity and fighting off a friend. Maybe the milk got the password wrong. Anyway, an allergy to milk reveals itself in various ways including an upset stomach, wind and diarrhea and signs of discomfort in babies like restlessness, crying, irritability and sickness. Breast feeding reduces the likelihood of babies developing an allergy to milk. Milk allergies in babies usually wane by the time the baby is five or six years old. However, adults might be lactose intolerant or allergic to milk too. These are not the same although they might share some indications. A milk allergy is more serious than lactose intolerance. Whichever you have, you will feel from uncomfortable to being gravely ill. This means that you have to read food labels carefully since milk, cream, cheese, whey, curds, yoghurt and butter are in many food products. With a milk allergy, the body's immune system is triggered by the protein in the milk - milk curds contain 80% of this and the whey 20%. The antibodies can cause vomitting, stomachache, bloatedness, headache, shortage of breath and a skin rash. The reaction to the milk might appear within ten to fifteen minutes or it could take a few hours and you will notice a reaction in your respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract or on your skin. The skin might turn red, become itchy or even swell up. If that happens around the mouth or worse still in the throat, you require help quickly because it could block your airway resulting in asphyxiation. However, more common are indications similar to asthma or flu with coughing, sneezing, wheezing and watery eyes or you might suffer an upset stomach with vomitting, diarrhea and queasiness. In rare cases, the sufferer might pass out which is of course very dangerous if you are working at height or driving a vehicle. Therefore, if you feel these indications, stop working or pull over instantly and seek medical help. A medical doctor will be able to either test you for the allergy or refer you to an allergy specialist. The tests are simple, painless and not dangerous as they are carried out under controlled conditions. You will also need to find out how to read food labels. You may think that you know what goes into the food that you usually eat, but you do not know how other people make it. You might merely mash your potatoes, but someone else may add milk, butter or cream or a mixture of them.
Indian food very often contains milk products including ghee (clarified butter), butter, yoghurt, cheese, whey and curds. Thai food is pretty safe, because Thais in general do not consume dairy products. You will have to learn details such as these. Owen Jones, the writer of this piece writes on several subjects, but is at present concerned with Bed Bug Mattress Pads. If you would like to know more, go over to our website at Bed Infestation.
Published on Nov 28, 2011
Some people are allergic to milk and milk products. This is because their immune system sees the incoming milk protein as an attacking body...