What Causes a Milk Allergy?
Most likely it is a genetic condition. In the big picture, humans have only recently introduced cow’s milk into the diet, so it’s not surprising that the immune system doesn’t always recognize it as a friendly substance.
Why Is It so Difficult to Recognize One’s Own Food Allergy?
This is a significant problem because of the difficulty in connecting your symptoms with your eating habits.
Your symptoms probably vary in intensity or come and go. The trick is that allergy symptoms may show up hours or even a day later, after a food is well absorbed into your system.And if you stop to think about it, you probably eat dairy every day. Even if you only eat something 2 or 3 times per week you can still have a significant allergic reaction to it.
Which Foods Are Dairy Foods?
Dairy includes all types of milk from a cow, all cheese, butter, half and half, yogurt, cottage cheese, ice cream and other obvious milk products. It also includes the proteins casein, whey, and lactalbumin, which are found in many processed foods. Low-fat and nonfat milk are just as allergenic as whole milk. And eggs don’t come from cows, so they’re not considered a dairy product.
How Do I Determine if I Have a Dairy Allergy?
The only sure way to determine if you have a milk allergy is to have your blood tested for antibodies to dairy. This is done with an ELISA Food Allergy Panel. If you suspect that you may have a dairy allergy, or you experience any of the symptoms listed earlier, contact our office for information on proper testing for food allergies.
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