Dairy Allergies


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dairy allergiesDairy allergies are believed to be the most common of all food related allergies and affect millions of people worldwide.  People who suffer from dairy allergies have to watch their diets very carefully according to their known sensitivities.  More time than not, a diary allergy is confused with milk or lactose intolerance, however an allergy to dairy related products can lead to severe symptoms to include hives, respiratory difficulties and even anaphylactic shock.

Dangers of Dairy Allergies

It is possible for a person who suffers from this form of food allergy to ingest a dairy product in some form and die before reaching a hospital. This type of severe allergy is actually related to the protein found in cow’s milk which can cause a more severe reaction than an intolerance which is normally caused by sugars found in milk. While symptoms of milk intolerance may be uncomfortable, it is normally not life threatening.

Ongoing dairy allergies can damage the digestive tract and cause a deficiency in the enzyme lactase, which is produced by the cells lining the digestive tract.  Many people mistakenly believe that they can continue to eat dairy products as long as they take an oral digestive aid but usually receive temporary relief. Unfortunately, most continue to suffer from their dairy allergies even though their digestive symptoms have diminished.

It is important for anyone who believes they may have a dairy allergy to go to a doctor specializing in food related allergy testing. Blood tests are usually more accurate but may require skin testing and other methods for a complete diagnosis.

It is imperative to always read food labels and look for possible “milk containing” ingredients. Dairy and milk containing ingredients can be found in a multitude of products that people would not normally associate with dairy. Here is partial list of potential hidden dairy containing ingredients:

  • Ammonium Caseinate
  • Calcium Caseinate
  • Casein
  • Hydrolyzed Casein
  • Demineralized Whey
  • Lactalbumin
  • Lactoferrin
  • Lactoglobulin
  • Magnesium Caseinate
  • Paneer
  • Potassium Caseinate
  • Recaldent
  • Whey Powder
  • Sodium Caseinate
  • Rennet Casein
  • Zinc Caseinate

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Source: Allergyreliefexpert.com staff

Milk Allergies and Lactose Intolerance

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Milk Allergies


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What is the difference between organic milk, regular milk and soy milk?

My daughter is 1 year old and just had allergy testing done. The testing confirmed that she does have an allergy to milk.  I’ve been introducing her to soy formula with only 1 ounce each of her bottle and been a week now but she still seems to have allergic reactions. I just read that it is also possible to have an allergy to soy milk.  What can I do?

Best Answer:

Yes, an allergic child can have an allergy or become allergic to any milk and at any time. If a child is believed to have allergies, it is always advisable to track all foods and beverages in a journal for the first three years.

It is possible that she would also be allergic to soy since it also considered to be a possible food allergen. However, statistically, soy allergies are rarer than dairy milk allergies. My brother was born allergic to all dairy and my mom substituted rice products for years and he eventually grew out of it.  Rice Dream is one of the best and allergy reactions are very rare if any.

To answer you question about organic and non-organic milk; the distinction should always be made by whether or not the product contains the following ingredients if tested:

  • antibiotics
  • pesticides
  • growth hormones

The dairy cows that the milk is extracted from should also be free of any type of cloning programs to be considered organic. Do not confuse natural with organic as natural have totally different meanings such as no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Also, it is always better to look for certified organic seals on the packaging since the word organic itself does not always guarantee the product to be 100% organic.

Source: Yahoo Answers

Additional Information on Milk Allergies from the AllergyReliefExpert.com Editior-In-Chief

Please keep in mind that any soy product which has been processed in any way can lead to allergies in adults or children. It is therefore a good idea to shy away from all processed soy milk or cheese products for persons which have a tendency toward allergies. Also, consider alternative milk products such as almond milk which is rarely allergic to most individuals.  (Refer to the Related Posts below for more information about this important subject)

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Cheese Allergies


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Anyone have a cheese allergy – is there such a thing?

I quit cheese about 2 weeks ago and MAN do I feel better.  I was exhausted all the time – now not so much anymore.

Actually – I had no digestive indications – just felt exhausted all the time.  Is this common? Is there data on this?

Best Answer – Chosen by Voters

You most likely have an  dairy allergy or are lactose intolerant than allergic to the cheese itself.  Depending on the type of cheese you eat determines how much milk it contains.  For example; low fat would of course have less milk than high fat or highly processed cheeses. However, certain cheeses are also known to can contain histamines which can mimic an allergy.  The making of cheese is closely related to how mold grows and some people which have mold allergies may also react to certain cheeses.  It is always wise to seek out allergy testing to see what other dairy related foods might be bothering you.

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Source: Yahoo Answers

Cheese Allergy

Tomato Allergy


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tomato-allergyTomato allergies are not as common as other food allergies. Tomatoes are a part of the “nightshade” allergy family. However, those that do have a severe tomato allergy face the  possibility of anaphylactic shock and death.

Allergy or Intolerance

More persons actually have a food intolerance for tomatoes and not a full-blown tomato allergy.  An intolerance for tomatoes usually creates gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea, cramps or vomiting.  A protein found in tomatoes is generally what creates the allergic reaction by the body’s immune system. A persons immune protection function see the tomato protein as a toxin and attempts to eliminate it by releasing histamines to kill it.  It is the histamines themselves which create swelling, hives, rashes, headaches, and other symptoms which may even include the constriction of the bronchial tubes. In very severe cases; too many histamines can cause respiratory distress, failure, and even death during an anaphylactic shock.  A tomato allergy can occur in 15-20 minutes and can subside just as quickly if the correct medication is administered.

Many people who have a known tomato allergy can actually tolerate well cooked tomatoes with little or no reaction. Other people report that they can consume low acid tomatoes. However, data shows that all tomatoes are equally acidic and what they are really referring to is the flavanoids that give the taste of acidity.

Note that in both of these cases, a food journal should be kept for a month or more (noting symptoms after meals) to share with the physician if you suspect you may have a tomato allergy. An allergy test done by a qualified allergy doctor is the only accurate way to determine if you truly have a tomato related allergy. Food allergy tests may include various blood tests, skin tests, possible nasal smears, and a full food journal review. They should also consider whether or not your parents have had food allergies.

Here are a few tips for tomato allergy sufferers:

  • There are tomato-free sauces, ketchup, barbecue, and salsa available at certain retailers but are better found by researching online.
  • Take supplements which are known to help allergies. These would include beta carotene,vitamin C, vitamin E, pantothenic acid, glucosamine, and quercitin which is a well known flavonoid. Flavanoids are powerful antioxidants which can reduce inflammation and block the release of histamines.
  • Try making a no tomato ‘pasta sauce’ by adding a lot of olive oil  and add lots of veggies chopped up and spices which can make a great sauce!
  • If ordering out, try a white or pesto base instead of a tomato base. Also, specify no catsup anytime when ordering out.
  • Eat vegetables high in digestive enzymes to assist in the proper digestion. Some food-based enzymes include onions and garlic.

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About the author: Jimmy Don Strongwell operates a organic farm which are known for their great tomatoes and other vegetables in the Canton area of East Texas.

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Severe Food Allergy


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severe-food-allergySevere or Fatal Food Allergy: Are you at risk?

Hay fever sufferers and those prone to hives, take heed: You could be rushed to the emergency room someday for an allergic reaction to a food you eat. You need to be prepared.

Foods you may be allergic to include flaxseed, pepperoni, apples, and cant juice. In the past, when a person with allergies was hurried to the hospital suffering with severe symptoms, nobody ever knew why. No one could explain the sudden, dangerous allergic emergency.

Finally, a few observant doctors made the connection between allergies like hay fever and food allergies. Certain people can have a reaction to a food that sends their everyday allergies into overdrive.

For instance, one little boy regularly reacted to the sun by breaking out ii small hives. But twice, he began wheezing, his throat started closing, and he had to be rushed to the emergency room. On both occasions, the boy had eaten a pepperoni pizza before going outside. The nitrates in the pepperoni had made ht usual minor allergic reaction to the sun much, much worse.

In Europe, almost three out of four people who have hay fever also have allergies to fruits and vegetables. Allergies to apples are so common that a researcher in the Netherlands looked for a way to make them edible. He sliced some apples microwaved them for one minute, and fed them to people with apple allergies Eight out of 10 had no allergic reaction at all.

Apparently, you can be mildly allergic to raw apples but not allergic at all the cooked apples. It’s really true that you can enjoy applesauce and apple pie whet you can’t enjoy a raw apple.

If you have allergies, you should watch yourself for allergic reactions to food especially to flaxseed, pepperoni, apples, and carrot juice. If you do have to make an emergency trip to the hospital or to your doctor, be prepared to tell the people in charge what you’ve been eating. It’s important that you figure out what your food triggers are so you can avoid them.

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Bread Allergy


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What the symptoms of wheat bread allergy?

I was at a low-carb diet and did not eat any bread in the last month and I felt great!

My stomach stopped aching and I stopped being constipated and my lethargy was gone. As soon as I began introducing bread in small amounts, I started to get back the same symptoms I had all my life. Could this be an allergy to any bread and wheat?

Best Answer:

You are probably producing an antibody to the protein in wheat. This protein is called gluten. It  is also known as celiac disease in the US and Europe. Removing the gluten containing products from your diet and probably everything will be fine. Gluten is in products made of wheat, barley, rye and oats. 1 person in 100 in the UK is said to celiac.

See your doctor and request a blood test for the antibody or go and see a allergy doctor. The test is called the endomysium antibody test. Then get referred to a gastroenterologist if test positive and then seek out a dietitian.

The specialist will help you join celiac UK if you are in the UK. Most countries have some type of forum to advise you about your diet. Celiac is believed to be hereditary or can be contracted when you have an infection. You can give to your children.

A few people are allergic only to wheat – but is very rare and is mostly caused by the gluten in their diet.  Is sounds like you are likely to be a celiac – since you have all the symptoms. Even beer is not gluten free and many other things like soy sauce, so you need to get a list of foods gluten-free foods. Gluten-free foods are available in a prescription for celiac diagnosis.

More stores are selling bread made of rice, biscuits (cookies) that are gluten-free pasta, pizza bases, etc.

About the author: Christopher Davies owns a nutrition and vitamin store in London.

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Corn Allergy


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How do you deal with a corn, dairy, wheat allergy?

I have a child who tested positive to wheat, dairy, corn and allergy. What should I do to help? She is six years old.

Best Answer:

First, do not worry since there are many positive things you can do to help her.  Secondly, find a good online forum which discusses corn allergies and you can discuss with others that have similar allergies.

Here is a good forum which focuses primarily on a corn allergy; http://forums.delphiforums.com/AvoidingCorn.

Here are some other online sites you can try as well:

  • http://www.cornallergens.com/list/corn-allergen-list.php
  • http://corn-freefoods.blogspot.com/
  • http://no-corn.blogspot. com

Avoiding wheat and dairy products can be difficult, but there are probably more products out there which contain corn. For example; corn syrup is a massive food sweetener that is used in millions of products worldwide. Corn is a major component in many food products such as cereals, peanut butter, snack foods and soft drinks. It is even hidden in many vitamin products. They use it because it is very cheap but it can create a host of corn related allergy symptoms. If you read the links above you’ll understand why. I really can not overemphasize the benefits of joining a corn allergy support forum as recommended. Most of those who have an allergy to corn also have other food allergies, and its not uncommon to be allergic to milk and wheat with a corn allergy.

Daniel Strong is a corn farmer in Iowa.

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Pet Allergy


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pet-allergyIs it possible for my pet to suddenly develop a allergy?

Best answer:

Yes, any pet whether a dog, cat, rabbit or gerbil can develop an allergy to a substance found indoors or out. Indoor allergies are more common since just like their owners, they tend to spend more time indoors.

Cat Allergies

Allergies can be common in cats when their immune system “overreacts” to foreign substances (allergens or antigens) to which it is exposed. Cat allergies can manifest themselves in three ways.

  • Itching of the skin, either localized (one area) or generalized (all over the cat)
  • A respiratory system disorder which may result in coughing, sneezing and/or wheezing (can also include nasal or ocular (eye) discharge)
  • The third manifestation involves the digestive system which could result in vomiting or diarrhea

There are four common types of allergies that a cat can suffer from:

  1. Contact
  2. Flea
  3. Food
  4. Inhalant

Dog Allergies

Dogs will tend to have all of the same allergies as cats but seem to have more allergic symptoms which can affect the skin and ears.  A dogs primary allergy reaction is in their skin. Skin problems can range from:

  • Poor coat texture or length
  • Itching and chewing
  • hot spots

Allergies appear to also play a part in chronic dog related ear infections. We think it may be due to the fact that dogs spend more times outdoors where they can get organic matter, pollen and mold spores into their ears which can become infected according to humidity levels.

Other pet related allergies

Of course, just as humans, any other pet outside of fish can develop allergies from indoor pollutants. In fact, we have seen cases where some pets and their owners are experiencing some type of allergies due to indoor pollutants. When the owners take steps to improve their indoor air quality, then the allergy symptoms clear up for all of the indoor occupants including the pets.

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About the author: David Benson owns a popular pet shop and pet sitter service in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Nightshade Allergy


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Allergies to nightshade plants are common throughout the western part of the world since they are common staples in the typical modern diet. Many people associate their aching joint pain as old age or over-use when in fact it is really an allergic reaction to the consumption of nightshade foods.

The nightshade family of plants are eggplant, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes and yes . . . even blueberries and tobacco. These plants have alkaloids which can cause inflammation and cause allergic reactions. If a person is allergic to one nightshade food, then there is a 75% chance they will be allergic to all nightshades.

Nightshade allergies seem to have more symptoms than other food allergens. Here is a partial list of symptoms which can result from a nightshade allergy:

  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Upset stomach
  • Skin swelling

The good news is; there are great alternatives to cooking with nightshade foods and just takes some practice like anything else. The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook written by Cybele Pascal is an excellent book with a good range of recipes for people with allergies.

About the author: Consuelo Vanderof is a master chef for a fine dining establishment in Seattle Washington and writes for a local cuisine magazine in her spare time.

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Environmental Allergies


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environmental-allergiesThere has been much confusion over what causes allergies in the home for many years. Health-care practitioners may tell their patients that it is the outdoor pollutants which really cause their allergies whereas in-home air purifier manufacturers may claim just the opposite.

The fact of the matter is both outdoor and indoor pollutants can cause allergy symptoms. However, indoor pollutants have been shown to actually present a greater problem to long-term allergy sufferers. To start with, people spend more time indoors than out and the indoor pollutants are actually smaller than their outdoor counterparts. Indoor pollutants can actually split up and become smaller particles which are more likely to be breathed deeply into the lung and nasal cavities. In effect, the smaller the particle, the greater likelihood of that particle causing an allergic reaction.

Leading Causes of Environmental Allergies

Small sub-micron particles ranging from household dust to dust-mite feces are a leading cause of environmental allergies. Small particles of mold, pollen and cat dander can also aggravate allergy symptoms in children and adults. Even chemicals found in the following common household products have all shown to cause upper respiratory illness symptoms in children which have chronic allergies:

  • Adhesives
  • Air fresheners
  • Carpeting
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Cosmetics
  • Drapes
  • Dyes
  • Floor finishes
  • Furniture polishes
  • Household cleaners
  • Paint

Mold Allergy Symptoms and Causes

Many people believe that mold growth which is visual to the human eye is the only mold which can cause allergy symptoms. However, small mold particles are responsible for over 90% of mold allergy symptoms. Mold particles are everywhere in the outdoor and indoor environment. It is the combination of mold particle size to the quantity found in a cubic foot of indoor air which most aggravates allergies. Each cubic foot of indoor air in a home or building can contain millions of particles. These indoor particles are commonly measured in microns, a metric unit of measure. There are 25,400 microns in one inch. Approximately 98-99% of all particles by count of indoor air are in the sub-micron size range of 10 microns or less in size. These sub-micron particles are known as “respirable” and are invisible to the naked eye. The average adult may breathe in as much as 16,000 quarts of air whereas children under the age of 12 can breathe in as much as 10,000 quarts. Each quart of air breathed in contains some 70,000 visible and invisible particles. That’s potentially a billion particles per day taken in by our respiratory system.

Individuals who are hypersensitive or have a predisposed reaction to these sub-micron particles may have an acute allergic reaction. These allergy-causing airborne particles which remain in the home environment for extended periods of time are the primary cause of chronic allergy symptoms in children and adults.

Allergy Induced Asthma

Allergy induced asthma is the term used primarily by health care practitioners to describe persons which are at a higher risk of developing asthma because of their chronic allergic disposition. This is because the inflammatory and sensitization responses of allergy and asthma sufferers are quite similar. Family history usually plays a role in diagnosing allergy induced asthma.

The good news is that the indoor home environment can be made a haven for all allergy and asthma sufferers by implementing the proper technology combined with proper knowledge. In today’s world of technological advances, there is no reason for a child or adult to suffer with allergies while at home.

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