It is important to understand that a milk allergy is different from lactose intolerance. Milk allergy occurs when your body is allergic to the protein in milk.
Skin reactions may include an itchy red rash, hives, eczema, allergic “shiners” (black eyes), and swelling of lips, mouth, tongue, face or throat.
Digestive system reactions might include nausea, vomiting.
Respiratory system reactions include runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, wheezing, shortness of breath, or coughing; or even anaphylactic shock.
Who suffers from Milk Allergies?
Milk allergy usually starts in early infancy. Studies show that two to three percent of infants are allergic to milk, but most tend to outgrow it within the first few years. Sixty percent of milk allergic children outgrow it by the age of four. Eighty percent outgrow it by the age of six. There are those, however, that never outgrow it.
Although the majority become allergic as infants, cow’s milk allergy can be acquired later in life.
How do you deal with Milk Allergies?
Avoidance is the key as with any allergy. Besides not drinking milk, a person allergic to milk proteins needs to read product labels carefully. Milk may be a hidden allergen in many processed meats including bologna, hot dogs, pepperoni, salami, and sausage.
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