Milk allergy symptoms

Jan 01

Milk allergy symptoms

Milk allergy symptoms are sometimes confused with lactose intolerance but they are both very different. Like most allergies, a milk allergy is caused by a adverse reaction of the immune system to a protein. Lactose intolerance comes from a lack of the bodies production of lactase which is needed to digest milk. Many people incorrectly believe they have a chocolate allergy when the dairy ingredients in chocolate are responsible for their symptoms.

Milk allergies can occur in people of any age but they are most often found in infants, many of these infants may out grow their allergy. Milk allergy symptoms can happen anywhere from 1-24 hours after ingestion.

Milk Allergy Symptoms

Skin Rash

Hives

Dark circles under eyes

Stomach problems

Dermatitis

Respiratory problems

Constipation

Bronchitis

Vomiting

Hyperactivity in young children

Diarrhea

Eye/Ear irritation

Severe reactions may require a epinephrine shot immediately

How to treat milk allergy symptoms

Avoidance is the best treatment, reading ingredients and looking for any dairy. Not only do you need to look for traces of dairy but be on the lookout for casein and casinate.

Some people claim NAET can be a natural milk allergy cure, but there is no independent clinical proof.

Some symptoms can be treated with antihistamines, natural or over the counter.

Its important to replace the calcium that milk provides in your diet. You can do this by taking a daily supplement or eating more calcium rich foods. Foods like green vegetables, almonds and fish are good sources of natural calcium.

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Is There Really A Chocolate Allergy?

Nov 24

Is There Really A Chocolate Allergy?

Its hard to find someone who doesn’t like chocolate, but to understand what causes chocolate allergy symptoms we need to understand where chocolate comes from and how early pure unsweetened chocolate has evolved into what is today called chocolate.

Where is Chocolate From?

Chocolate comes from the cacao tree and is made from its seeds. The Cacao tree is native to Central America where chocolate has been consumed for thousands of years. Almost all early Central American cultures consumed chocolate either as a drink or in its pure unsweetened form. Chocolate was even used by some of these cultures like the Aztecs as a currency. The use of chocolate spread through Europe after the Spanish defeated the Aztecs. Unlike early chocolate consumption which  was unsweetened, sugar was added to create sweetened chocolate. Of course other ingredients slowly made their way into chocolate to add to taste and texture. Many so called chocolate allergy symptoms can be attributed to these added ingredients and the processing of modern chocolate.

Chocolate Allergy

The worst thing that someone with a sweet tooth can get is a chocolate allergy. Most of the allergies and intolerances are caused by ingredients as mentioned, allergies to cacao do occur but they are somewhat rare. The ingredients in chocolate  are among the leading allergy causing foods and include milk, peanuts, other nuts, wheat, corn, berries, egg and soy. Another problem is that much of the chocolate that is consumed is eaten by children and they are more susceptible to many food allergies and intolerances

Peanut allergies are a serious problem with chocolate and chocolate that does not contain peanuts will often be labeled as containing possible traces of peanuts. This is because though this chocolate may not directly contain nuts it may be made with equipment that was previously used with peanuts and even though the equipment has been cleaned it can still contain trace amounts of peanuts. Even if chocolate is made with equipment that is peanut free if peanuts are used else where in the building cross contamination can occur. Many large chocolate companies now go to great lengths to make sure their chocolate that is labeled peanut free contains no trace amounts. Chocolate companies have recognized that there is a large peanut free chocolate market.

Chocolate Allergy Symptoms

Symptoms from a chocolate allergy or chocolate ingredients related allergy can occur in minutes or hours after consumption. They may include rashes, hives, headaches, respiratory problems, and other immune related responses. Chocolate intolerance caused from ingredients are usually more intestinal like stomach aches and diarrhea.

Chocolate Allergy Prevention

The first step to avoiding a chocolate allergy is finding out which ingredient is causing your chocolate allergy symptoms, or if cacao is responsible. Your doctor will be able to diagnose this from a challenge test or some other form  of allergy testing. After your chocolate allergy is more accurately diagnosed as long as cacao in not at fault you may not have to avoid chocolate all together but instead can try buying chocolate without the ingredient that is responsible for your symptoms. If dairy is causing your problem, dairy free chocolate is available. Just about any type of chocolate can be found at health and specialty stores including wheat free, gluten free, egg free, soy free, and peanut free. If you want to avoid symptoms reading labels is very important and do not be afraid to ask questions most staff at health food stores are very familiar with allergy products. Lastly when buying any chocolate it may be worth spending a little more on quality as cheaper chocolate often contains more impurities.

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Feather Allergy

Nov 16

Feather Allergy

Some people have reactions when they are exposed to various bird feathers. Feathers can be found in many consumer items like pillows, jackets, comforters, sleeping bags and various other comfort items. Feather allergies and sensitivities are more likely to be caused by decomposing feathers not feathers that have recently been plucked. True allergic reactions to feathers are considered to be very rare as most often it is not the bird feathers themselves that are responsible for allergy symptoms but other allergens. Feathers can contain dander and their shape and structure make them a magnet for dust mites, this is particularly problematic since they are often used in pillows, comforters and other bedding’s. Also as feathers decay they become more susceptible to mold.

When buying or shopping for items with feathers usually you will encounter the word ‘down’,which refers to a type of feather used. Downs feathers are very fine interior feathers and many species of birds have them but down from geese is probably the most popular.

Birds That May Cause A Feather Allergy

  1. feather
  2. Goose
  3. Chicken
  4. Duck
  5. Canaries
  6. Parrots
  7. Turkeys

When buying or shopping for items with feathers usually you will encounter the word ‘down’,which refers to a type of feather used. Downs feathers are very fine interior feathers and many species of birds have them but down from geese is probably the most popular.

Feather Allergy Tips

  • Avoid using or storing any items with feathers like comforters,sleeping bags or other feather related items, especially in the bedroom.
  • Do not buy any type of bird as a pet.
  • Feathers that have been treated or washed are less likely to cause allergy symptoms.
  • Regardless of feather allergies or not you should not pick up any loose feathers you may find on the ground and of course never touch a dead bird due to the risk of possible disease transfer and other health hazards.

If you are experiencing allergy symptoms after being exposed to bird feathers its best to consult a allergist to determine the exact cause of your symptoms.

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