If the cheese dip and milkshake you gouged down while watching the Jayhawks in the tourney didn’t sit so well, it might be more than a case of nerves.
Milk allergy is one of the Top 8 allergens and could be the cause of your problems.
Do you suffer from milk allergy?
First things first – milk allergy and milk protein intolerance (lactose intolerance) are not the same thing.
Milk allergy is an immune system disorder that fights off milk proteins as foreign invaders to your body.
Lactose intolerance is a digestive system issue where your GI tract cannot break down the sugar in milk.
Unlike milk allergy, lactose intolerance is not life-threatening. Although both conditions can cause abdominal pain, gas, bloating, swelling and diarrhea – they are not the same condition.
Testing for milk allergy is critical to determine if you suffer from lactose intolerance or a true milk allergy.
Symptoms of milk allergy
Signs of a milk allergy may look like lactose intolerance at first, but if milk is not avoided and the allergy not taken seriously, serious complications can occur. According to Mayo Clinic, the signs of a milk allergy include:
Immediately after consuming milk:
Signs and symptoms that may take more time to develop include:
- Loose stools, which may contain blood
- Abdominal cramps
- Coughing or wheezing
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Itchy skin rash, often around the mouth
- Colic, in babies
Avoiding more than milk
As KidsHealth.org points out, those with a milk allergy must be careful with everything they eat.
Some foods that contain milk are obvious, like pizza. But others, like baked goods, may not be so obvious.
Milk products like ice cream and yogurt are not the only “off limits” foods for someone with milk allergy. Foods with milk baked into them may also cause a problem since the proteins in the milk can trigger a reaction.
Testing for milk allergy in Lawrence, KS
Although uncommon, a milk allergy may cause anaphylaxis – a life-threatening condition from a severe allergic reaction.
That’s why it’s critical to know if your “bathroom problems” following those yummy, creamy game-day snacks is intolerance or a true milk allergy.
To receive an allergy test, call our ARCpoint Labs of Lawrence location. Our staff will perform a blood test to determine if you have milk allergy. We’re affordable. No insurance required. No doctor’s prescription needed.
Call us today at (785) 542-6533.