Milk Allergies

OIT Oral Immunotherapy Milk Allergy Treatment

Cow’s milk allergy is a common food allergy in babies and toddlers. About 2.5% of kids under three are allergic to milk. If a baby is going to get an allergy to milk, it happens in the first 12 months. Milk allergies can be hard to deal with for little ones. It can make them very sick.

The type of sickness from milk could be mild, such as hives. The reaction could also be very bad, including anaphylaxis. This is a serious allergic reaction that comes on fast and can be life-threatening. Anaphylaxis can give you an itchy rash, throat or tongue swelling, shortness of breath, vomiting, lightheadedness, and low blood pressure. These problems typically come on over minutes to hours.

People with a milk allergy should keep an epinephrine auto-injector (such as an EpiPen®, Auvi-Q™ or Adrenaclick®) with them at all times. Epinephrine is the best treatment for a milk allergy reaction.

The good news is there is an answer for allergy to milk: oral immunotherapy treatment (OIT).

Milk Allergies Can Destroy Quality Of Life

If a person can’t drink milk, they are missing an important part of their diet. This also means they can not eat food like ice cream, cheese, butter and other foods made with milk.

Avoid foods that contain milk or any of these ingredients:

  • Butter, butter fat, butter oil, butter acid, butter ester(s)
  • Buttermilk
  • Casein
  • Casein hydrolysate
  • Caseinates (in all forms)
  • Cheese
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cream
  • Curds
  • Custard
  • Diacetyl
  • Ghee
  • Half-and-half
  • Lactalbumin, lactalbumin phosphate
  • Lactoferrin
  • Lactose
  • Lactulose
  • Milk (in all forms including condensed, derivative, dry, evaporated, goat’s milk and milk from other animals, low-fat, malted, milkfat, non-fat, powder, protein, skimmed, solids, whole)
  • Milk protein hydrolysate
  • Pudding
  • Recaldent(R)
  • Rennet casein
  • Sour cream, sour cream solids
  • Sour milk solids
  • Tagatose
  • Whey (in all forms)
  • Whey protein hydrolysate
  • Yogurt

Other possible sources of milk:

  • Artificial butter flavor
  • Baked goods
  • Caramel and candies
  • Chocolate
  • Dulce de leche
  • Lactic acid starter culture and other bacterial cultures
  • Luncheon meat, hot dogs and sausages, which may use the milk protein casein as a binder. Also, deli meat slicers are often used for both meat and cheese products, leading to cross-contact.
  • Margarine
  • Nisin
  • Non-dairy products, as many contain casein
  • Nougat
  • Shellfish is sometimes dipped in milk to reduce the fishy odor. Ask questions when buying shellfish.
  • Tuna fish, as some brands contain casein
  • Some specialty products made with milk substitutes (i.e., soy-, nut- or rice-based dairy products) are manufactured on equipment shared with milk.
  • Many restaurants put butter on grilled steaks to add extra flavor. You can’t see the butter after it melts.
  • Some medications contain milk protein.

As you can see the list of foods containing milk is long. We offer an answer to milk allergies. For the best OIT treatment results call The Woodlands Allergy Center today 281.713.9011