Dr. Oz: Dairy Allergies
Dr. Oz talked on his show about dairy allergies. For some people, drinking milk and eating yogurt can cause big time issues. Amanda said that her reactions to dairy are anything from her skin breaking out, rashes, severe abdominal pain, and headaches. Dr. Oz said that these symptoms are common in people who have reactions to dairy. He wondered if it was possibly a food allergy.
Dr. Oz: Symptoms of Dairy Allergies
Dr. Oz said for Amanda, what’s happening is that she’s drinking milk, the milk goes down to the stomach and the intestines, where it begins to get absorbed. That’s when her immune system decides it doesn’t like it, which causes an allergic reaction. Her heart may beat faster, rashes might happen on the body, especially on the neck, and the lungs will get wet and spastic, which causes issues with breathing, vomiting, and inability to swallow. These allergy symptoms are more like things you’d associate with outdoor allergies or being stung by a bee.
Dr. Oz reminded Amanda of the nursery rhyme about Little Miss Muffet, who sat on her tuffet, eating her curds and whey. Dr. Oz said that when milk curdles, it gives off a solid component, one of the key proteins that can cause irritation. The whey is the liquid left behind, another protein. Curds and whey are both created when milk is processed into other things and it also happens when milk goes bad. Dr. Oz said these are the two things that cause symptoms in the body. But the symptoms can be hard to pin down because they’re so subtle and the body reacts in different ways.
Dr. Oz: Dairy Elimination Diet
Dr. Oz talked to Dr. Clifford Bassett, who said people should create a dairy diary for his 4 Day Dairy Elimination Diet. On day 1,they should jot down what they’re feeling and do a full body check to find out if they have hives and other skin irritations. On day 2, you should identify your sources. Cans of tuna or hot dogs may be hidden sources of dairy, including a number of other dairy sources. On Day 3, eliminate all the raw sources like yogurt, ice cream, milk, and ice cream. Finally, on day 4, eliminate hidden sources. By this time, people should start feeling better.
Dr. Oz listed a number of things that might have dairy like chocolate, pretzels, cookies, chewing gum, crackers, some deli meats, and a number of cosmetic products. Dr. Bassett said people should talk to their doctor or seek out a special allergist to work with them to identify whether they really do have an allergy to dairy.
Dr. Bassett said an allergic reaction can be very serious, so it’s important people seek out a doctor to confirm the diagnosis so they can live a better life.