Cheese Allergy

Cheese Allergy Signs: Causes Of Lactose Intolerance Symptoms & Common Allergies and Symptoms Of Cheese.

Cheese and crackers. Pizza. A bologna sandwich with a piece of sharp cheddar. Grilled cheese. Shredded topping on a salad. Melted on lasagna.

Cheese Allergy

The list is endless for using cheese. But for many people who have an allergy cheese or lactose intolerance symptoms, it can range from uncomfortable to severe to down-right lethal.

Some studies suggest that almost 3% of children younger than three years old can exhibit cheese or dairy intolerance symptoms. 

Cheese Allergy

Many doctors advise parents not to give cow milk or dairy to children under the age of 1. Dairy and milk products are part of the "Big-8" allergens that include  milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, wheat and soybean

What Is A Cheese Allergy?

Dairy and cheese allergy symptoms in children and adults can manifest themselves within a few minutes to a few hours after a person consumes cheese or dairy products. This is because your body is going into hyper drive. It views the allergen as a threat and will try to protect itself against this threat anyway it can. You body will pump out histamines and other chemicals to fight the alleged invader.

Cheese Allergy

The symptoms of dairy allergies and food sensitivity symptoms can include but are not limited to:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Itchy Throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swollen lips and tongue
  • Itching
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Swelling and inflammation of other parts of the body
  • Stomach cramps
  • Fever

In severe cases with cheese allergies the victim can get Anaphylaxis shock which is very dangerous. It's a life-threatening emergency that requires immediate medical attention. Many times those that are susceptible to Anaphylaxis shock will carry epinephrine, sometimes called an EpiPen. This gives the person a shot of adrenaline and offers enough time to get him to the emergency room. Anaphylaxis symptoms can include:

  • Difficulty in breathing. The victim may have a swollen throat or airway making it difficult to breathe.
  • Facial flush
  • Lightheadedness 
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Severe drop in blood pressure
  • Stomach pain

For dairy intolerance in babies the list can include the above and in addition:

  • Affect baby sleep schedule
  • Colic
  • Cramping
  • Crying
  • Irritability
  • Swelling of the mouth, hand, and feet

It's important to remember that "cheese" is an ingredient while "dairy" is a category. Product labels may NOT have "dairy" listed as one of the ingredients.

Foods To Avoid or May Have Cheese to Varying Degrees

  • Basically all visibal signs of cheese 
  • Au gratin dishes
  • White sauces
  • Baked goods
  • Bread
  • Cheese crisps
  • Mozzerella sticks (baked and fried)
  • Soups (beer, broccoli, cottage cheese soup, Fonduta) 
  • Macaroni 
  • Chili
  • Nachos
  • Spanakopita
  • Melt sandwiches (Rueben, tuna, patty, ham, roast beef, turkey)
  • Garlic bread
  • Lasagna
  • Pizza
  • Cole slaw
  • Fondue
  • Quesadilla
  • Quesillo
  • Quesito
  • Crackers
  • Creamed or scalloped foods
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Baked potatoes
  • Salads
  • Artificial butter or cheese flavor
  • Breakfast sandwiches

Try a non-allergy product and milk substitutions such as soy, rice, and almond milk. We get our almond milk from Coscto and it works perfectly in cereals and protein shakes. 

There's also almond cheese you can find in your local health food store in the diary section with the rest of the regular cheese. Look for non-dairy ice cream, chocolate, cheese, and yogurt.

If you think you have exhibited any of the above cheese allergy symptoms other symptoms of a food allergy, it's best to talk to your doctor or allergist. Another avenue is a chiropractor who practices Applied Kinesiology or muscle testing. These kinds of food allergy symptoms can be potentially life threatening due to Anaphylactic shock so it's best to get professional help. The doctor, allergist, or chiropractor can perform a series of tests to determine the root cause of the allergy and treat it accordingly.

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