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Posted on Aug 9, 2020

Montgomery Medical Clinic

When you have a milk protein allergy and you eat or drink milk protein, your body reacts as if those proteins are trying to cause harm. It fights back by setting off an allergic reaction.A mild reaction may include a few raised, red, itchy patches of skin (called hives). A severe reaction may cause hives all over, swelling in the throat, trouble breathing, nausea or vomiting, or fainting. This is called anaphylaxis (say "ANN-uh-fuh-LAK-suss"). It can be deadly. This is not the same thing as being lactose intolerant.
A good way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid the foods that cause it. Milk protein might be found in processed meats, non-dairy products, and baking mixes. An allergy doctor or a dietitian may be able to help you understand which foods might be okay and what to avoid. Learn what to do if you have a reaction.Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety.
How can you care for yourself at home?
During a mild reaction Take an over-the-counter antihistamine, such as (Benadryl) or (Claritin), as your doctor recommends. If you have a severe reaction, you also might be given one of these antihistamines.During a severe reaction Call for emergency help. A serious reaction is an emergency.Give yourself an epinephrine shot. Make sure it is with you at all times.To prevent future reactions.Avoid the foods that cause problems. And try not to use utensils or cookware that may have been in contact with food that you are allergic to.
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