According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, milk allergies are one of the more common things to be allergic to and it affects between 2 and 3 percent of children younger than 3. Despite its commonness, death from a milk allergy is extremely rare.
Milk allergy symptoms
- Stomach upset
- Bloody stools, especially in infants
- Anaphylaxis, a rare, potentially life-threatening reaction that impairs breathing and can send the body into shock
Allergies to food (including milk) are the most common causes of anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. Symptoms include swelling of the airways, impairing the ability to breathe, and a sudden drop in blood pressure, causing dizziness and fainting. An allergist will advise patients with a food allergy to carry an auto-injector containing epinephrine (adrenaline), which is the only treatment for anaphylactic shock, and will teach the patient how to use it. If a child has the allergy, teachers and caregivers should be made aware of his or her condition as well.
FoodAllergy.org recommends that you stay away from the following foods:
Butter, butter fat, butter oil, butter acid, butter ester(s)
Caseinates (in all forms)
Lactalbumin, lactalbumin phosphate
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
Sour cream, sour cream solids
Sour milk solids
Whey (in all forms)
Whey protein hydrolysate