question on milk allergies

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2008 - 2:51am
KaraLH's picture
Joined: 10/11/2006 - 09:00

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!!


Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2008 - 3:04am
Faith3's picture
Joined: 03/27/2008 - 08:48

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.

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2008 - 5:29am
phoenixrizing69's picture
Joined: 12/21/2007 - 10:54

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.

Posted on: Tue, 04/15/2008 - 9:21am
Krusty Krab's picture
Joined: 04/20/2007 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Tue, 04/15/2008 - 9:28am
Krusty Krab's picture
Joined: 04/20/2007 - 09:00

I don't believe lactose intolerance would cause excema. Excema is IgE immune system issue.
Lactose intolerance is a enzyme deficiency. Does she have symptoms of lactose intolerance: nausea, cramping, bloating, diarrhea, flatulence?

Posted on: Wed, 04/16/2008 - 1:20am
momto4boys's picture
Joined: 06/06/2007 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Wed, 04/16/2008 - 3:37am
KaraLH's picture
Joined: 10/11/2006 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Wed, 04/23/2008 - 11:08am
KaraLH's picture
Joined: 10/11/2006 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Wed, 04/23/2008 - 12:45pm
MommyOfTwo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2007 - 09:44

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?

Posted on: Thu, 04/24/2008 - 10:48am
KaraLH's picture
Joined: 10/11/2006 - 09:00

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)

More Community Posts

Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

create a new community post
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/14/2019 - 12:56pm
Comments: 0
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/14/2019 - 12:52pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by Italia38 Tue, 10/08/2019 - 12:19pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by Italia38 Tue, 10/08/2019 - 12:18pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/07/2019 - 7:19pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/07/2019 - 7:16pm
Comments: 10
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/07/2019 - 7:13pm
Comments: 13
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/07/2019 - 7:10pm
Comments: 9
Latest Post by mom2two Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:03pm
Comments: 18
Latest Post by desmond Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:00pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by desmond Mon, 09/16/2019 - 12:58pm
Comments: 19
Latest Post by TeddyCan Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:32pm
Comments: 10
Latest Post by DTurner Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:31pm
Comments: 5
Latest Post by B.M.18 Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:30pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by abolitionist146 Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:28pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by nutfreenyc Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:19pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by AllergicTeen2 Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:18pm
Comments: 2

More Articles

You might have wondered if small amounts of an ingredient can be added to a food product without being declared on the food’s label. The FDA...

Is it possible to eat your way to a food allergy cure? Scientists think it’s...

There are many reasons why you may want to substitute almond flour for wheat flour in recipes. Of course, if you have a...

Not all oils are created equal. Some oils are high in saturated fats or in trans-fatty acids – not good for general health. Some are partially...

It may never be safe to begin feeding peanut butter to your baby or toddler if you have peanut allergies in your family. If either parent or one...

More Articles

More Articles

What is a peanut allergy? It is a reaction that occurs in the body after eating peanuts or peanut...

For those with severe food allergies, flying can be a stressful process. Here are...

Approximately one out of 13 children under age 18 are allergic to at least one food, though many of them will outgrow their allergy by the age of...

Fact 1: Over a third of food allergy reactions happen after the first known oral...

The reason why some people are affected by allergies while others are not begins in their genes. Allergies are passed down from generation to...

Here’s a tip that might someday save your life, or that of a loved one: two to four times a year, review the proper way to use your epinephrine...

Lactose intolerance is the inability to process lactose, a sugar found in milk, caused by the lack of a needed enzyme. Those with lactose...

Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA)

An important part of peanut allergy awareness was enacted on January 1, 2006...

Tomato allergies are very rare. They are a "type 1 allergy," which means a contact allergy. When a person with this type of allergy touches a...

Milk allergies are becoming more common, especially in babies and small children. There is some confusion about what is an allergic reaction and...

Recognizing food allergy in babies or toddlers is not always easy, but there are specific risk factors and signs that parents and other caregivers...

Burlap bags are often used to store and ship coffee beans, potatoes, rice, seeds, nuts, and peanuts. They can be one of the disguised...

People with pollen allergies need to stay away from some foods. If you have allergic rhinitis in the spring or fall, you may not realize that you...

Of course, everyone knows that if you have a peanut allergy that you should avoid peanuts, peanut butter, peanut butter cookies and foods that...

Eating at a nut-free lunch table in school is a safety precaution that causes some students to feel isolated from their peers. Unfortunately,...