The abnormal response or reaction of the immune system of the body to milk and products containing milk is known as milk allergy. The symptoms of this allergic reaction could be vomiting, digestive problems such as diarrhoea and stomach cramps and hives. In severe cases a patient could experience anaphylaxis.
HOW IS MILK ALLERGY DIAGNOSED?
A thorough physical examination is first conducted which is followed up by blood and skin tests. The general physician will need to identify which food is causing the allergic reaction and hence may suggest elimination diet to stop consuming common allergic foods such as milk, peanut butter, etc. and introduce them to see if the body reacts.
HOW IS MILK ALLERGY TREATED?
The only proper treatment is to eliminate milk and milk based products from the diet plan. In case, the child consumes milk or milk products by mistake, antihistamines can help in providing relief from the allergic symptoms.
DID YOU KNOW?
One of the most common food allergies among children is milk allergy but most children outgrow this allergy.