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Do You Know the Signs of Milk Allergy?

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Milk allergy, one of the most common allergies in children, is triggered by an abnormal immune reactions to dairy products. Cow’s milk is the most prevalent cause, but other animals’ milk can set off an allergic reaction as well. Avoiding milk products is the best treatment. Luckily, children often outgrow a milk allergy.

Milk allergy can exhibit symptoms anywhere from a few minutes to hours after drinking milk. Some of the symptoms are:

  • Hives
  • Wheezing
  • Vomiting
  • Loose or bloody stools
  • Diarrhea
  • Cramps
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Eyes watering
  • Skin rash around the mouth
  • Colic in babies

What is the difference between milk allergy and lactose intolerance?

Unlike a true milk allergy, the immune system does not cause lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance has different, often less severe symptoms, such as gas or diarrhea, and true milk allergy requires a different type of treatment. Speak to your doctor to determine which condition affects your child.

Milk allergy can cause anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction

Anaphylaxis narrows the airways and inhibits breathing. If your child has an allergic reaction to milk, call your doctor, no matter how mild the reaction seems. Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency that requires an adrenaline shot. Take your child to the ER if you see any of these symptoms:

  • Airway constriction that inhibits breathing
  • Flushing in the face
  • Itching
  • Drops in blood pressure and shock

If you think your child may have a milk allergy, please consider registering for IMMUNOe’s clinical research study.

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/milk-allergy/basics/symptoms/con-20032147

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