question on milk allergies

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I'll try not to make this too long. My 4 yo DD has MFA's. My 6 year old has never been tested. She does have moderate to sever eczema but never has seemed to be connected to foods.

Okay, so this winter she started getting patches on her face. She has never had it on her face before. We've been watching it for a few months now and for a while we thought that it was aggravated by tomato. So we cut that out. Didn't make a difference. Then we discovered that petroleum based products, ie., chapstick and cream were causing her face to break out in hives where ever the eczema patches were. So we stopped those products. As of late, she has been complaining a lot of stomach pains. It was getting to the point that she would just lay around and writhe. Finally we started to notice that after her meals especially, we could se that her eczema was reddened and then her stomach would really bother her. So we started wondering if it was milk. So we stopped giving her milk to drink. In a bout 3 days her face was completely clear and she has not complained about stomach pains.

The thing is, she still eats milk products and cereal with milk on it. She just doesn't drink a glass of milk. Because of the eczema, I automatically think milk allergy, however, if she is still able to eat milk products, could it really be an allergy?

I'm thinking I should really get her tested.

Anybody have a similar situation??

Just looking for thoughts or ideas. Anything is welcome!!

Thanks.

On Apr 14, 2008

I would definitely get her tested. If she is allergic and continues to eat it anyway, that could just increase her sensitivity. It could turn out that she is just lactose intolerant, but I would find out for sure.

On Apr 14, 2008

It is possible that she has a milk allergy, but since she still eats milk products and cereal with milk, it sounds more like she is lactose intolerant. My youngest sister was diagnosed with lactose intolerance when she was about your daughter's age. It started out with really bad stomach pains. But to be on the safe side, I would get her tested anyways.

On Apr 15, 2008

How many years has your 6 year old dealt with her moderate to severe excema? Excema is a great indicator of food allergy. And I would say if cutting out milk made things significantly better, then I think it would be [i]highly[/i] reasonable to speak with the doctor about it. In fact, I'd encourage it.

I'm sure there are people out there who can tolerate milk who have a milk allergy with little more than excema and stomach pains, just as much as there are people who with one drop of it can die. YK? But for all you know, milk is NOT the offending allergen. It could very likely be something else, especially given the fact that she can drink milk. Who knows.

I'm also thinking you should really get her tested for several items. Maybe the top 8.

On Apr 15, 2008

I don't believe lactose intolerance would cause excema. Excema is IgE mediated...an immune system issue.

Lactose intolerance is a enzyme deficiency. Does she have symptoms of lactose intolerance: nausea, cramping, bloating, diarrhea, flatulence?

On Apr 16, 2008

Milk allergy for ds has lessened in sensitivity since he was an infant. He would develop hives on his face anytime he came in contact with milk. Now he tolerates small amounts of milk products in food items with out problems. Now if he has a milk product that has too much milk he gets stomach pains and the runs. Of course I reintroduced the milk products to ds before I knew anything about allergies and had never seen an allergist and did not know if he was allergic or "just sensitive". Knowing what I know now I will be much more cautious with ds#4. I do wonder if ds#3's milk allergy is now a lactose intolerance (runs in the family) We visit the allergist next month for a retest on milk and egg.

On Apr 16, 2008

Ok, so we gave her milk again and her stomach did hurt. Although she said not as bad as before. No extreme eczema flare-up though. Of course the weather is getting warmer too. Could just be coincidence that it cleared at all.

Anyway, we took her in yesterday for a blood test. On her 6th birthday none the less. Anyway, we will just start there. We will wait for results and see what happens. I don't think we are really dealing with anything other that things that were coincidental.

I'll let you know when I get the results back.

Thanks for your responses.

Kara

On Apr 23, 2008

My daughters blood test came back negative for everything. However, the eczema came back again. Ughhh...

I'm thinking it must be a fluke thing. I really don't want to have her skin tested.

Now my dd who does have FA's also has a sun allergy. Her skin has gotten rashy and then bleeds and gets crusty. It only takes a few minutes out in the sun. Sunscreen, hats, long sleeve shirts. I guess it could be worse. But I do feel kind of bad for her.

On Apr 23, 2008

I'm sorry you weren't able to get any answers. It could just be a fluke thing with the eczema. I haven't had my youngest DS tested for pollen/outdoor allergens but I know if he is outside for too long his face and eyes get horrible and he really breaks out. Could it be pollen of sorts? It surely is the season for tree/grass/mold pollens depending on where you live.

Have you tried switching to a lactose-free milk to see if that helps with her stomach?

On Apr 24, 2008

Actually, once we took her off completely for a couple of days (of milk that is) her stomach got better and since we have been giving it to her again her stomach has not hurt again!! The only thing that is back is the eczema. We'll see what happens with that.

Does anyone know if eczema can be aggravated by putting a cast on? She just broke her arm today and my husband and I wondered if her eczema might get worse with a cast on? Warm, humid weather can aggravate her eczema in other places. Just wondered about her arms. (she really has not patches on her arms right now. Her hands are bad though.....I guess we'll see)

Kara

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