Milk Allergy

I have a milk allergy. How can I avoid a milk-related reaction?

In this instance, avoiding any product or food that contains milk is wise. This means anything with milk protein (casein, whey) and milk products (cheese, yogurt, etc.).  Always read food labels for warnings.

Can a milk allergy be outgrown?

According to extensive research on this matter, the results showed that only 4% of children born have a milk allergy. Normally, they can outgrow this condition after three years. However, in severe cases, it can be a lifelong condition. It is always wise to talk to an Ottawa allergy specialist before introducing a child to milk products, specifically if the condition runs in the family.

What is the difference between a milk allergy and lactose intolerance?

Lactose intolerance is an inability of the body to digest the sugar found in milk (‘lactose’). This intolerance affects the digestive system. The symptoms associated with this condition are

  • Bloating
  • Abdominál pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas

An allergy to milk protein involves the immune system, and causes an adverse reaction. The reaction associated with an immune system allergy can range from rash, to swelling, to anaphylaxis. Check with an Ottawa allergy specialist in order to find out which condition a person may have.

Avoiding milk and milk derivatives:

Always read the labels on food when shopping to ensure the absence of milk or any of its derivatives. Milk is often used as an additive in many processed foods. If a processed food product does not have a label, don’t eat it! Some manufacturers can also change ingredients in their products, so it’s always best to read labels very carefully for warnings.