Category: Allergy Symptoms

Ear infection returns…and yummy barbeque sauce:)

My second oldest son has been off dairy for many years due to a recommendation by our ENT. He had had ear infections every 6 weeks since he was a baby for eight years and had five ruptures in his left ear. He also had tubes put in twice. We have been very strict, however, as of late, my son has wanted to “test” dairy products. He is 13 years old now, and I felt that it would be okay to try trace amounts. Shortly after our move out west, he said that he couldn’t hear out of his right ear. It progressively got worse, until I finally was able to get him in to see a doctor. Sure enough, his right ear was infected. He also failed the hearing test in both ears. Strange, since we haven’t had problems for years. We go to see a new ENT on Monday. I will be curious to see what he says. I have no idea if it is related to the small amounts of dairy that we have permitted or if it is related to a new area (seasonal allergies?). Needless to say, I will take him off of dairy again until we are certain what has caused the infection. Fun times:)

On a side note, my husband made the BEST dairy-free barbecue sauce that I have ever tasted. I wasn’t able to take a photograph because we devoured it so quickly (there were NO leftovers). He cut the chicken up into small strips and cooked it in the sauce (covered in a skillet) until the chicken was no longer pink. Here it is:

1/2 c ketchup
1/2 c salsa (we used Medium heat picante)
4 T brown sugar
2 T white or cider vinegar
2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. mustard powder
1/2 tsp. salt
dash hot pepper sauce or crushed red pepper
1/2 onion, diced and sauteed

Saute onion and set aside. In a saucepan, combine all ingredients together and bring to a boil. Add onion. Pour or brush over desired meat and cook until no longer pink.

Wendy’s Honey BBQ Chicken

We went to Wendy’s the other night, and my son (now 13) decided that he wanted to test the Wendy’s Honey BBQ Chicken wings.  The menu said that they didn’t contain any dairy in the batter, however, they were cooked in the same oil as items that contained dairy.  Since he tested so low with his most recent allergy test, I felt that it would be a safe for him to try them.  About 30 minutes or so after dinner, he broke out in a few hives underneath his arm and on his chest as well as a small eczema rash on his chest.  I gave him some Benadryl just in case the reaction spread quickly and sent him to bed.  It looks like we need to go back to being 100% strict, at least for now:)

***On a side note, he had a small bite of peanut brittle the other day with no apparent reaction.  It had butter as one of the ingredients.  (He thought it had no dairy in it.)  I’m not sure why he reacts to some things and why other things don’t seem to affect him.  I just hope that he can figure out how severe his allergy still is before going on to college, etc.***

Milk Allergy, Lactose Intolerance and Possible Cures

This is a guest post from Ashley M. Jones.  Thanks Ashley for sharing your insights!!!
Milk Allergy, Lactose Intolerance and Possible Cures
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over three million children in the USA suffer from food allergies, and with milk allergy being the most common kind of food allergy, you can imagine the number of children who are plagued by it. Most people who are not familiar with milk allergies tend to confuse them with lactose intolerance – the two are very different in that:
·      Lactose intolerance is a condition where you cannot digest lactose (found in dairy) because your body does not produce the enzyme lactase while milk allergy refers to the adverse effects of your immune system to casein, a protein found in milk and other dairy products.
·      Lactose intolerance causes discomfort in the form of cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea, nausea and dizziness while a milk allergy causes more serious symptoms like skin rash, nasal congestion, bloody stools, and even anaphylactic shock.
·      A milk allergy is life-threatening while lactose intolerance is not.
·      Milk allergies develop in childhood while lactose intolerance develops when you’re an adult.
·      Children grow out of milk allergies, but adults with lactose intolerance find that it becomes worse as time goes by because the amount of lactase produced by the body decreases as we grow older.
Whether you’re allergic to milk or suffer from lactose intolerance, you must ensure that you don’t touch dairy products at all. Besides this, it’s best you stay away from other products that contain casein and lactose, like dairy creamers and whiteners, cereals, processed meats, mayonnaise, breath mints, potato crisps, protein bars and powders, salad dressings, baby formula, dessert toppings, and even in a few OTC drugs, cosmetics, creams, soaps, and vitamin and other nutritional supplements.
There is good news on the horizon for parents and children who suffer from milk allergy – the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and the Duke University are jointly conducting a study that could find a cure for milk allergy. The technique, which is known as sublingual immune therapy (SLIT), involves placing a tiny amount of milk protein under the tongue of children who suffer from milk allergies. The amount is increased every day, and over a period of time, the children are supposed to become immune to the allergen. SLIT differs from oral immunotherapy (where small amounts of milk are ingested) in that the milk protein is placed under the tongue rather than ingested – apparently, this makes a difference in the way children react to the protein. According to the study, the children who took part were able to tolerate milk protein considerably well in just three short months. 
This guest post is contributed by Ashley M. Jones, who writes on the topic of pharmacy tech certification . She welcomes your comments at her email id:

First attempt at adding milk

On Saturday I made some cornbread for my kids and decided it was time to try the oral baked challenge test. I added 1/4 c cow’s milk and 1 1/4 c almond milk to the batter. My son had one large piece of cornbread. I didn’t tell him that there was any dairy in the bread so that I could do a blind test with him. The next day, he came to me and said, “Mom, look at this rash.” He broke out in an eczema rash on parts of his arm, the backs of his legs, and on his chest. He also said that he was really itchy. I was hoping for no reaction since his blood work came back so low, however, it looks like he is still sensitive to dairy. I will be calling the doctor at Johns Hopkins Hospital to advise on how to proceed. My boys who get ear infections have had no adverse reactions that I can tell. Perhaps they will be able to tolerate baked milk?

A new chapter

Over the last few weeks, I have seen a remarkable difference in my baby. We have been able to take her off of all of her medication for reflux. I have also tried little bits of dairy (yogurt, cheese – occasionally) and thus far she has been fine. She no longer screams all day and I have been able to meet her needs better. I am so grateful for this change in her temperament. I am still off of all soy products (allergic), however, I have tried soy lecithin, soy oil, and soy sauce with no adverse reactions. I really like using Rice Milk and Oat Milk and like baking some things with Almond Milk. Since Earth Balance has the soy protein in it, we have switched to using Fleischmann’s Unsalted Margarine (dairy-free) as well as Smart Balance Light. I also heard that Smart Balance Organic is dairy-free, so I’ll have to keep a look out for that to try it out. We had a great Halloween (too much candy…) and are looking forward to the fall/winter holidays:) I’ll post what we did for Halloween to keep it safe!!!

Soy & Dairy allergy update

I’ve been off soy now for over a month. Thus far we have been trying out alternative forms of milk for my family. My favorites thus far are rice milk and oat milk. Almond milk is okay alone, but DELICIOUS in blueberry muffins. I also liked it with Honey Nut Cheerios and bananas. I didn’t really care for goat milk. Our favorite pancakes thus far have been made using oat milk. I’ll post the recipe soon!!! As of right now, I’ve been able to tolerate Soy Lecithin and Soy Oil just fine. I also had soy sauce with no adverse reactions (yeah!!!). I tried dairy the other day and my baby (now 4 months old) had no reactions that I could tell. She has developed a small rash, however, under her chin. I think it’s from the constant drooling, but if it doesn’t go away, then I will continue to stay off of dairy for a little while longer to see if it goes away. As far as dairy-free and soy-free margarines go, I tried to order the soy-free and dairy-free Earth Balance, but my store hasn’t gotten it in yet. Right now I am using Fleischmann’s Unsalted Margarine (has soy lecithin) for baking and Smart Balance LIGHT (regular has dairy) for spreading on toast, etc. So far, so good!!!

Soy allergy invades our dairy-free home

I went to the allergist last week and found out that I have developed a soy allergy. It was a 3+ on the skin prick test (the same size as the histamine test). I suspected it because my throat got a lump in it after eating soy yogurt and started tightening. I felt the same thing after drinking a cup of soymilk…lump in throat, tight chest, difficulty swallowing. I know that adults developing allergies was possible, however, I never thought it would happen to me, especially since we suffer with so many dairy allergies in our home. I found myself angry, bitter, and then devastated this past week. That said, I am determined to make lemonade. There are many people out there who suffer from both a dairy and a soy allergy, and if they can do it, then so can I! Since soy has been a major source of protein for me since I currently can’t have dairy (it upsets my nursing baby), I will begin by finding ways to get my protein needs met. Although the cookbook that I wrote contains soy in many of the recipes, most are easily adaptable to be both dairy-free and soy-free. I will list the adaptations on my website as soon as I can. One success we had was a Lemon Barbecue Grilled Chicken dish (delicious!!!). I will post the recipe on my website under the “Free Recipes” section.

I did a little bit of research on to find out the nutritional content of various milk substitutes. It looks like almond milk can vary immensely depending upon brand. I included goat’s milk, but since I don’t know if goat’s milk is safe for children with a dairy allergy, I am going to do more research before introducing it into their diet. I don’t want to introduce something that will hurt my anaphylactic son.

Here’s the list:

*Food Item:* Serving Size: Protein (g): Carbohydrate (g): Calories: Fat (g): Dietary Fiber (g):

*Almond Milk (West Soy)* 1 c; 9; 5; 90; 4.5; 4

*Almond Milk (Blue Diamond)* 1 c; 1; 8; 60; 2.5; 1

*Almond Dream* 1 c; 1; 6; 50; 2.5; 0.5

*Hemp Bliss, Manitoba Harvest* 1 c; 5; 7; 110; 7; 1

*Oat Milk, Pacific Foods* 1 c; 4; 24; 130; 2.5; 2

*Goat’s Milk, whole* 1 c; 8.7; 11; 169; 10; 0

*Goat’s Milk, Low-fat* 1 c; 7.4; 9.4; 89; 2.4; 0

*Rice Milk* 1 c; 1; 23; 120; 2.5; 0

Almond milk by West Soy and Low-fat Goat’s Milk seem to have the best nutrients and highest protein sources, however, if they taste bad then it’s back to square one! I do love Rice Milk, just wish it had more protein:) I’ll continue to blog more as I gain more experience with a soy allergy. From what I’ve read so far, there’s a good chance that I can still have Soy Lecithin and Soy Oil, although I still need to do a little bit more research:)

Working with a fussy baby

I have quickly learned that going dairy-free doesn’t solve everything for my 2 month old nursing baby. We have tried gripe water and Mylicon, however, she still spit up a lot and was fussy. We finally took her back to the pediatrician and we suspect reflux. We were prescribed Zantac and it has seemed to help quite a lot. Because of that, I decided to try some ice cream and chocolate cake. The next day, she screamed all day and spit up all day, even with the Zantac. She also broke out in a very light rash (not sure what from). So, I’m back off of all dairy while nursing in addition to the Zantac. She still fusses a little bit, but it is much more manageable. My biggest challenge now is trying to get my protein in and calcium in. Having fortified Orange Juice, Soy Milk and Rice Milk has helped a lot. Also, including nuts (thankfully we have no allergies there), beans, and meat (I’m enjoying making chicken salad and eating it with Triscuits) has helped a lot. Cooking from scratch and eating whole foods has its benefits, not only with the budget, but on our health as well:) I just need to look at it as having the glass half full rather than half empty, and in so doing will have a lovely cup of lemonade!

Dairy Allergy Signs, Symptoms, and ingredient listings

Dairy allergy, or milk allergy, refers to any allergic reaction
caused by a component of cow’s milk. The three
components of cow’s milk that cause dietary reactions are
casein protein, whey protein, and lactose sugar. Casein and
whey are considered more likely to cause true allergies,
while lactose causes a well-known intolerance in many
adults (and some children) due to the body’s lack of an
enzyme known as lactase.

Similar components to cow’s milk are found in the milk of other
ruminants, including goats and sheep, so any patient with a dairy
allergy who is considering using other animal milk as a substitute
for cow’s milk should talk to their allergist before proceeding.

Dairy allergies may appear with a wide variety of symptoms,
including hives (urticaria), eczema, chronic congestion, and
diarrhea. Lactose intolerance, like many other dietary intolerances,
causes gastrointestinal symptoms, such as bloating, cramping, and
diarrhea. As always, if you suspect you or your child has a food
allergy, contact your physician.

Because dairy allergies are especially prevalent among babies,
parents with atopic families – that is, families with a history of
severe allergies – should discuss feeding options with their
pediatricians before delivery, if at all possible. There is some
evidence that nursing exclusively until six months and delaying the
introduction of solid foods until that time can help prevent the
development of allergies. Bottle-feeding families have a few
options for feeding infants who either have dairy allergies or are
considered to be at high-risk for developing them. The preferred
option, especially in families with a history of eczema, is formula
that is hydrolyzed, meaning that the proteins have been processed
to break them down. These formulas are often preferred to soy
because soy itself is a common allergen and hydrolyzed formula is
tolerated by more babies. Your doctor will help you select the
appropriate formula. Insurance can help defray the high costs.

“Butter, butter fat, butter oil, buttermilk, artificial butter flavor,
casein, caseinates (ammonium, calcium, magnesium, potassium,
sodium) cheese, cream, cottage cheese, curds, custard, Ghee, Half
& Half, hydrolysates (casein, milk protein, protein, whey, whey
protein), lactalbumin, lactalbumin phosphate, lactoglobulin,
lactose, lactulose, milk (derivative powder, protein, solids, malted,
condensed, evaporated, dry, whole, low-fat, milkfat, non-fat,
skimmed, and goat’s milk) , nougat, pudding, rennet casein, sour
cream, sour cream solids, whey (in all forms including sweet,
delactosed, protein concentrate), yogurt, malted milk. The
following may contain milk products – flavorings (natural and
artificial), luncheon meat, hot dogs, sausages, high protein flour,
margarine, Simplesse ®”
safety/allergingred.htm Cheese, butter, yogurt, cream, kefir, sour
cream, and ice cream, unless specifically formulated to be dairyfree,
always contain milk. Milk is also present in many types of
processed food. Processed foods that are likely to contain dairy
products include chocolate, salad dressings, pastries, snack foods
with butter or cheese flavorings (even if they’re artificial), soups,
and even canned tuna and deli meats. As with any food allergy,
never eat any processed food unless you have read the label, and
always be aware of cross-contamination risks from utensils or
surfaces where dairy products may have been prepared.

Dairy is one of the eight most common allergens in the United
States, and as such, current food labeling laws require that the
presence of milk be clearly marked on ingredient labels. However,
it’s best to learn the myriad names dairy products appear on in
labels. While FDA laws require that the presence of milk be
marked in plain English, it’s safest to rely on that in conjunction
with your own knowledge of dairy-containing ingredients.

Lactose intolerance symptoms can be prevented, at least
temporarily, by replacing the lactase enzyme the body lacks. This is
done in one of two ways: through dietary supplements, which are
available over-the-counter, or by adding lactase directly to dairy
products. The latter is how lactose-free milk is made.

You’ll find substitutes for milk products in many supermarkets and
health-food stores. Always check these for the presence of dairy,
however; some may include traces of milk and thus be unsuitable
for someone with allergies. With that caveat, try the many milk
substitutes on the market for baking, drinking, and cooking. Soy
milk, rice milk, and nut milks are but a few of the varieties
available, and each has different properties. Rice milk is low in
protein (so it acts quite differently than cow’s milk in baking) but
has a mild taste; in its vanilla flavor it is delicious on cereal and
good for drinking plain. Soy milk and nut milks have a stronger
flavor and can work well in baked goods. Milk has a somewhat
outsized reputation as a nutritional powerhouse. However, with
planning, you can easily replace the nutrients in milk. Be especially
aware of calcium, protein, and vitamins A, D, E, and K, which are
found in abundance in dairy products.

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