Prevention of Food Allergy -- milk
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Treatments to consider for Food Allergy -- milk may include:
- Avoid foods containing the allergen, adrenaline injection if anaphylactic reaction occurs, antihistamines, bronchodilators for asthmatic symptoms
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Prevention of Food Allergy -- milk:
Exclusive breast feeding (excluding all other
foods) of infants for the first 6 to 12 months of life is often
suggested to avoid milk or soy allergies from developing within that
time frame. Such breast feeding often allows parents to avoid
infant-feeding problems, especially if the parents are allergic (and
the infant therefore is likely to be allergic). There are some
children who are so sensitive to a certain food, however, that if
the food is eaten by the mother, sufficient quantities enter the
breast milk to cause a food reaction in the child. Mothers sometimes
must themselves avoid eating those foods to which the baby is
There is no conclusive evidence that breast
feeding prevents the development of allergies later in life. It
does, however, delay the onset of food allergies by delaying the
infant's exposure to those foods that can prompt allergies, and it
may avoid altogether those feeding problems seen in infants. By
delaying the introduction of solid foods until the infant is 6
months old or older, parents can also prolong the child's
several disorders thought by some to be caused by food allergies,
but the evidence is currently insufficient or contrary to such
claims. It is controversial, for example, whether migraine headaches
can be caused by food allergies. There are studies showing that
people who are prone to migraines can have their headaches brought
on by histamines and other substances in foods. The more difficult
issue is whether food allergies actually cause migraines in such
people. There is virtually no evidence that most rheumatoid
arthritis or osteoarthritis can be made worse by foods, despite
claims to the contrary. There is also no evidence that food
allergies can cause a disorder called the allergic tension fatigue
syndrome, in which people are tired, nervous, and may have problems
concentrating, or have headaches.
Cerebral allergy is a term
that has been applied to people who have trouble concentrating and
have headaches as well as other complaints. This is sometimes
attributed to mast cells degranulating in the brain but no other
place in the body. There is no evidence that such a scenario can
happen, and most doctors do not currently recognize cerebral allergy
as a disorder.
Another controversial topic is environmental
illness. In a seemingly pristine environment, some people have many
non-specific complaints such as problems concentrating or
depression. Sometimes this is attributed to small amounts of
allergens or toxins in the environment. There is no evidence that
such problems are due to food allergies.
Some people believe
hyperactivity in children is caused by food allergies. But
researchers have found that this behavioral disorder in children is
only occasionally associated with food additives, and then only when
such additives are consumed in large amounts. There is no evidence
that a true food allergy can affect a child's activity except for
the proviso that if a child itches and sneezes and wheezes a lot,
the child may be miserable and therefore more difficult to guide.
Also, children who are on anti-allergy medicines that can cause
drowsiness may get sleepy in school or at home.
diagnostic technique is cytotoxicity testing, in which a food
allergen is added to a patient's blood sample. A technician then
examines the sample under the microscope to see if white cells in
the blood "die." Scientists have evaluated this technique in several
studies and have not been found it to effectively diagnose food
Another controversial approach is called sublingual
or, if it is injected under the skin, subcutaneous provocative
challenge. In this procedure, dilute food allergen is administered
under the tongue of the person who may feel that his or her
arthritis, for instance, is due to foods. The technician then asks
the patient if the food allergen has aggravated the arthritis
symptoms. In clinical studies, researchers have not shown that this
procedure can effectively diagnose food allergies.
complex assay is sometimes done on patients suspected of having food
allergies to see if there are complexes of certain antibodies bound
to the food allergen in the bloodstream. It is said that these
immune complexes correlate with food allergies. But the formation of
such immune complexes is a normal offshoot of food digestion, and
everyone, if tested with a sensitive enough measurement, has them.
To date, no one has conclusively shown that this test correlates
with allergies to foods.
Another test is the IgG subclass
assay, which looks specifically for certain kinds of IgG antibody.
Again, there is no evidence that this diagnoses food allergy.
include putting a dilute solution of a particular food under the
tongue about a half hour before the patient eats that food. This is
an attempt to "neutralize" the subsequent exposure to the food that
the patient believes is harmful. As the results of a carefully
conducted clinical study show, this procedure is not effective in
preventing an allergic reaction.
allergies are caused by immunologic reactions to foods. There
actually are several discrete diseases under this category, and a
number of foods that can cause these problems.
suspects a food allergy, a medical evaluation is the key to proper
management. Treatment is basically avoiding the food(s) after it is
identified. People with food allergies should become knowledgeable
about allergies and how they are treated, and should work with their
Medical and Research Center in Denver.
Nurses available to
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and
611 East Wells Street
FOR ALLERGY TESTING:
U.S. Food and Drug
Center for Biologics Evaluation and
Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information
One AMS Circle
Academy of Dermatology
930 N. Meacham Rd.
1221 S.W. Yamhill, Suite 303
and CELIAC SPRUE:
National Digestive Diseases
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Nutrition Information Center
American Dietetic Association
216 W. Jackson
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network
10400 Eaton Place, Suite
Fairfax, VA 22030
College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
85 W. Algonquin Road,
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
and Allergy Foundation of America
1125 15th Street,
N.W., Suite 502
Washington, DC 20036
http://www.aafa.org/ (Source: excerpt from Food Allergy and Intolerances, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)
Prevention Claims: Food Allergy -- milk
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