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

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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

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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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Egg Allergy

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egg allergyAs you may have known already, any food allergy is an abnormal reaction to food that is produced by exposure to certain types of foods which create an immune system response.  An immune system response from egg or dairy related allergy can create some baffling illness symptoms. In fact, egg allergies are believed to be the number one cause of eczema in children while asthma is the number symptom in adults.

Persons with egg allergies are believed to be hypersensitive to two classes of foods with the first being other types of eggs like duck and quail eggs and second (more commonly), poultry, especially chicken.  It has been reported that up to 50% of persons which are sensitive to eggs can eat chicken. Unfortunately, there are a significant amount of people who can not eat either due to proteins known as alpha-livetin or serum albumin which can cause allergies to both foods. There is a common allergy diagnosis referred to as “bird-egg syndrome,” which is mostly seen in persons who handle certain birds for a period of time that can later become sensitized and can develop egg allergies.

Looking closer, these are proteins can withstand high cooking temperatures as well as the acids and enzymes the digestive system. The allergens caused by consuming these proteins can pass though the linings of the gastrointestinal tract, disperse into the blood circulatory system and create different allergy symptoms throughout the body.

Here are some illness symptoms which have been reported to be from an egg allergy:

  • Trends insomnia or difficulties sleeping
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue
  • Acidity
  • Constipation
  • Symptoms resembling arthritis
  • Enuresis or nocturnal enuresis
  • Swelling of the face and lips
  • Rhinitis
  • Migraine
  • Wheezing

Eczema which is an inflammation and dryness of the skin can also be attributed to eggs and other dairy products.  Persons with chronic egg allergies can also develop hives which can take some time to heal once the egg protein leaves the body. It is suggested that one should consider allergies by a parent to dairy products to include eggs as a pre-cursor to children developing similar allergy symptoms at an early age.

About the Author: Joshua Cohen is a chicken farmer in up state Pennsylvania.

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Strawberry Allergies

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strawberry allergiesIf you are allergic to strawberries, your immune system triggers the production of IgE (immunoglobulin E), an antibody and histamine each time that you eat strawberries or products with strawberries in them. The production of the antibodies and histamine cause specific symptoms within the body, and according to the National Institutes of Health, the symptoms usually occur within 2 hours of ingestion. A strawberry allergy can cause very serious symptoms, so it is important to be aware of them.

The first symptoms that occur with a food allergy, such as strawberries, usually occur in the mouth area. The Mayo Clinic reports that you may feel a tingling sensation in, or around, the mouth. The tingling may soon be followed by swelling, which can affect the lips, the mouth, the tongue and the throat, which may feel like it is closing shut. The swelling of the throat is a very serious symptom and you should seek medical attention immediately, as the swelling could cut off the air flow to your lungs.

Skin Symptoms

Strawberry allergy symptoms also are visible on the skin. You may suddenly develop red blotches on the skin, such as hives, which is accompanied by an itch. The redness that develops on the skin may not be in blotches or hives, but can also appear as a generalized rash, or eczema. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the swelling that is experienced in the mouth area can also be experienced in other parts of the body. You may notice swelling in the hands, fingers or facial area. Along with swelling of the facial skin, you may have watery, itchy eyes as well as a runny or congested nose.

Gastrointestinal Symptoms

A strawberry allergy can affect the gastrointestinal system as well. The Allergy and Asthma Network reports that common G.I. symptoms include nausea, vomiting and a general upset stomach. These symptoms may be accompanied by diarrhea, abdominal swelling, abdominal cramps and abdominal pain.

Respiratory Symptoms

Respiratory symptoms are the most disturbing symptoms of a strawberry allergy, and can be the most severe. They can occur within minutes, or hours, of eating a strawberry or strawberry product, and include trouble breathing, possibly accompanied by a wheezing sound, and a tightening of the chest. These symptoms may or may not be accompanied by chest pains, but if the allergic reaction is severe, the Mayo Clinic states that you may also experience a rapid pulse, sudden drop in blood pressure, dizziness, fainting, shock and a loss of consciousness.

If you experience any of these symptoms when eating strawberries, or any food, seek medical attention immediately.

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About the author: Traci Vandermarc has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants.

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