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Dairy Allergies – What Your Doctors Know

Sunday, July 20th, 2008    Subscribe To Our Feed

Dairy AllergiesDairy allergies are becoming among the most common causes of ailments in children and adults. Although some people don’t really experience strong symptoms from dairy allergies, there are several people who react strongly to dairy products that they end up with some incapacitating symptoms and may even have to be hospitalized for a few days.

Whether you are one of those people that have strong allergic reactions to dairy products, here are several things that you should know about dairy allergies.

What Is Dairy Allergies?

Medical professionals define this type of allergy as hypersensitivity to milk or egg protein. The allergic response to these otherwise harmless types of food can be quite crippling for some people. The most common symptoms of this type of allergy are diarrhea, wheezing and vomiting.

Children who are prone to dairy allergies should never be given such types of foods to avoid any medical complications. Milk is known to be mucus forming, therefore, people who are suffering from asthma should limit their intake of milk or just do away with milk.

Shouldn’t children be given milk and eggs to help them grow? Yes, your children need eggs and milk to help them grow however if they are allergic to such food, you simply have to find other types of food for your children. Rather than giving your children milk based products, you might want to give them more fresh fruits and vegetables.

If your children manifest allergic reactions to milk and eggs, avoid giving them such types of foods to reduce the possibility of allergic reactions and medical complications. Always remember that it is best to be safe than sorry.

Lactose Intolerance Versus Allergies

Many parents mistake lactose intolerance for dairy allergies and according to medical professionals, these two are really not the same. While dairy allergies are the negative reaction of the body against the nutritional components of dairy products, lactose intolerance is simply the inability of the body to digest the sugar found in milk.

In nearly all cases, lactose intolerance will cause stomach cramps but it does not really trigger the other symptoms associated with allergic reactions. However, although the symptoms of lactose intolerance are not really serious, the effects of lactose intolerance can be quite uncomfortable.

To avoid discomforts, especially when you are working in the office or traveling, it would still be a good idea to avoid milk based products if you have lactose intolerance.

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