Cow’s Milk and Allergies

dreamstime_m_33845266 (1)-xFood allergies evoke a unique attraction between an individual and a particular food or foods. Individuals may experience adverse reaction to these foods with the most common symptoms being vomiting, diarrhea, eczema, hives, skin rashes, wheezing or a runny nose.

The response and the symptoms can vary – for example an allergic response to eating fish is usually noticed within minutes after consumption in the form of a rash, hives or asthma, or a combination of these symptoms. However, the symptoms of an allergic reaction to cow’s milk may not be evident for 24 to 48 hours after consuming milk.

One of the first foods to consider eliminating from your diet when attempting to determine the foods to which you may be allergic is cow’s milk. It contains over 25 different molecules which have been identified by scientists as having the potential to cause an allergic reaction.

One of the most common allergies in cow’s milk is a protein called casein which is used in many products and is even found in soy based foods to boost their protein content and another milk protein responsible for allergic reactions, which may be identified by your immune system as being harmful, is whey.

If you suspect an allergy to cow’s milk and milk related products you should avoid everything made from and containing milk, including cream, creamy sauces, ice cream, milk chocolate and all products made from real cream.