Atlanta Area Milk Allergy Doctor
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When a person has a milk or dairy allergy, their immune system overreacts to the proteins in milk. At the Chacko Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center, we provide effective food allergy treatment and testing services to combat the milk allergy symptoms caused by the immune system’s response.
Data from a study of United States children found that milk was the second most common allergy, with 21.1% of food-allergic children impacted by milk. And while infants are particularly vulnerable, Dr. Chacko has helped numerous Atlanta children overcome life-threatening food allergies.
An Overview of Milk Allergies
A person with a milk allergy is hypersensitive to the casein and whey proteins found in cow’s milk. After consuming milk, the immune system believes the body is under threat and releases histamines – the histamine release causes allergy symptoms. The following symptoms are common signs of a milk allergy.
- Skin rash or hives
- Swollen lips and tongue
- Runny or blocked nose
- Breathing issues and wheezing
Reliable Milk Allergy Treatment Services
Milk allergy symptoms are frequently mild to moderate, though a small percentage of children could experience anaphylaxis. Taking precautions is vital due to the unpredictability and possible severity of an allergic reaction.
A consultation with Dr. Chacko results in developing a personalized treatment plan, one tailored specifically for each patient. Initially, avoiding milk and products containing dairy will be necessary. Food allergy testing can then be performed to positively diagnose a milk allergy.
Medication can play an important role in milk allergy treatment, with antihistamines, corticosteroids and epinephrine proving effective in tackling allergic reactions. For a more long-term approach, Dr. Chacko uses oral immunotherapy (OIT) to desensitize the body to milk proteins and build immune system tolerance.
Common Questions About Milk Allergies
Can adults suddenly become allergic to milk?
It is possible for adults to become allergic to milk, but this allergy is far more likely to start during childhood. In later years, lactose intolerance is found to be the cause in many cases. However, an allergist can perform tests to accurately identify the issue or issues.
What foods cause milk allergy symptoms?
Of course, milk itself and related food items can cause allergy symptoms, including butter, cheese, cream, ice cream, cakes, pastries, chocolate and more. Thankfully, today it’s possible to find dairy-free alternatives to many products.
What is the difference between a milk allergy and lactose intolerance?
Lactose intolerance is less severe than an allergy to milk, and is caused by the body’s inability to break down lactose. In contrast, allergies are issues with the immune system that could cause a severe response such as anaphylaxis.
Professional Milk Allergy Treatments in Atlanta
At the Chacko Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center, we provide reliable testing and treatment for milk allergies. Dr. Chacko works with allergy patients from locations in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth and Johns Creek. For assistance, call (678) 668-4688 or make an appointment now.