Dairy Allergy Symptoms

Common Dairy Allergy Symptoms & Signs: Causes of Food Allergies & Common Allergies & Symptoms Of Dairy

A cold glass of milk and homemade cookies are a great snack anytime of the day. Cottage cheese goes well as a side for breakfast or on a salad.

Dairy Allergy Symptoms

But for many people who have an allergy symptom to dairy, 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 milk or dairy intolerance symptoms. Many doctors advise parents not to give cow milk or dairy to children under the age of one. 

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 Food Allergy?

Dairy allergy symptoms in children and adults can manifest themselves within a few minutes to a few hours after a person consumes 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. Your body will pump out histamines and other chemicals to fight the alleged invader. 

Dairy Allergy Symptoms

Sometimes a milk allergy is confused with a typical dairy allergy but this might not be the case in your situation. Dairy products normally contain cow's milk and is a "category" of allergens, not a singular "ingredient" like milk. Many food labels may not have the word "dairy" on the label. This is good information if you have dairy sensitivity issues.   

Dairy Allergy Symptoms

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

  • Abdominal pain
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Bloating
  • Indigestion
  • Gas
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Hives and/or rashes
  • Tired feeling
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy skin around the mouth
  • Red blotches around the mouth

For cheese and 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

When someone has a severe case of dairy allergy symptoms the victim can get Anaphylaxis shock which is very dangerous. It's a life-threatening emergency that requires immediate medical attention. Many times parents that have allergic children and are susceptible to Anaphylaxis shock will carry epinephrine, sometimes called an EpiPen.

Dairy Allergy Symptoms

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
  • Lightheaded
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Severe drop in blood pressure
  • Stomach pain

Foods To Avoid or May Have Dairy to Varying Degrees

  • Breaded food such as fried chicken. Cross contamination can occur when fries and/or onion rings are cooked in the same oil.
  • Butter
  • Buttermilk
  • Candies with nougat
  • Casein & caseinates. Some “Non-dairy” products may contain casein.
  • Cheese-flavored snacks contain varying amounts of milk 
  • Chocolates
  • Cream cheese
  • Creams
  • Custard
  • Ghee
  • Goat Cheese
  • Goat's Milk
  • Half and half
  • Ice cream and frozen yogurts
  • Lactalbumin
  • Lactoferrin
  • Lactoglobulin
  • Milk (liquid, dry, and powdered) and most dairy products such as cottage cheese
  • Sheep milk
  • Sheep milk cheese
  • Snack foods that contain whey or casein
  • Soft cheeses
  • Whey powders (Protein Concentrate/Hydrolysate)
  • Whipped Cream
  • Whipped Topping

Potential Dairy Ingredients

  • Artificial or Natural Flavors. Very vague and should generally be avoided anyway.
  • High Protein or High Energy Foods. Many of these can be considered protein bars that could be derived from milk proteins. 
  • Margarine

The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-282, Title II) (FALCPA) has since mandated that all food products sold in the U.S. that contain milk must be clearly marked on the label in English as having milk.

Remember "milk" is an ingredient while "dairy" is a category. The law also states that ingredients in foods must be listed by their "common or usual name''. You can find this law on the FDA.gov website.

I highly recommend you thoroughly read every label on every package you buy. Never take the ingredients for granted. Sometimes the ingredients change so keep a close eye on the labels. There are many foods that are exempt or aren't covered by the FDA allergen labeling laws.

It's also written in the law that "many consumers may not realize the ingredient is derived from, or contains, a major food allergen" because some of the names food manufacturers use may be unfamiliar to consumers.

If you think you have exhibited any of the above dairy allergy symptoms or 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. If you exhibit dairy allergy symptoms, 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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