Information: Dairy Foods Intolerance allergy


ALLERGY INFORMATION FACTSHEET Dairy Intolerance

Do you react to Dairy Foods?

The connection between Dairy Foods and your symptoms is often not obvious as reactions (symptoms) may be delayed. Symptoms may occur in one or more body parts eg lung and skin. In certain cases reactions may be severe and trigger anaphylaxis. A reaction may be either: [list unordered] An allergic response where a specific antibody (called IgE) reacts acutely to the diary protein, or An intolerance where there is a non-allergic reaction. [/list] Intolerance symptoms can be acute but more commonly delayed and may be due to the sugar (lactase) or protein component in the particular diary product. Unlike an allergic or intolerance response, Lactose Intolerance is a non-allergic food reaction caused by an enzyme deficiency (lactase) which is required to digest lactose found in milk.

Standard Medical (Diagnostic) Approach:

History and examination of the patient. To identify Allergies, testing can be completed by: [list unordered] “Skin Prick Testing”. where small, fixed amounts of suspected allergens and/or their extracts are tested on the skin and their reactions measured and evaluated. Blood in which the concentration of specific IgE antibodies is measured and evaluated. [/list] To identify Food Intolerances testing can be completed by: [list unordered] Elimination & Challenge (protocol) which involves removing individual or food groups suspected of causing adverse reactions for a period of up to 6 weeks and observing whether the symptoms subside. If significant improvement occurs, reintroduction of the suspected foods or substances can occur to see if the symptoms are reproducible (“the Challenge”). This process is generally repeated for different foods or food groups. Blood in which the concentration of specific IgE antibodies is measured and evaluated. Other tests such as the ELISA testing for IgG-mediated immune responses and antigen leukocyte cellular antibody test (ALCAT) are generally not regarded as “gold standard”. [/list]

Standard Management & Treatment Approach:

In less severe cases offending substances may be avoided. However, the more restrictions you impose the more likely nutritional imbalances and professional advice is needed. In more severe cases professional advice is required and may result in the prescription of drugs such as antihistamines and/or cortisone like substances. Where anaphylaxis is triggered adrenalin (contained in an “epi pen”) is generally prescribed

Integrative Holistic Medical Approach

The Integrative Holistic Medical approach to allergies also takes into consideration additional factors such as the person’s other medical conditions, total nutrition, gut health, the environment and any other possible underlying causes. Where the Standard Medical Approach does not assist or is not wanted, the Holistic medical approach can include, Low Dose Immunotherapy to diagnose and treat the patient’s allergies. Low Dose Immunotherapy has a wide variety of applications in relation to foods, inhalants, and various other substances. Professional assessment and management is required at each step in the Low Dose Immunotherapy diagnosis and treatment planning process.

This type of diagnosis and treatment is available at YourHealth Brighton, Victoria, Australia.

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