I don't really know if this is the right section for this...I'll let the moderators decide ultimately. I've been wicked sick since xmas. Seems to be salicylates but i decided an allergist was the best course of action after developing hives and patches of swelling in my hands and feet. It looks like there isn't that much listed that she tested me for but i do have slight allergies to shrimp, cockroaches and a bigger one to milk. I knew i might have a milk intolerance but never dreamed I'd be allergic. Anyhow i was looking at antihistamines and most seem to have lactose. Is this safe for those with milk allergy? I have no idea if the protein lingers. Next i need to find someone who can test me for allergies to the all natural ingredients in my red apple lipstick lip gloss. My hives and swellings began after putting that on. My lips didn't swell but other areas did. the allergist said she couldn't test those ingredients (shea butter and castor oil etc.) but i need to make sure if I'm allergic to something or if it's salicylates in order to know the right course of action. The hives and swellings i haven't had for days now but they lasted about three weeks. Anyhow, if anyone has an actual milk allergy I'd love to know how it all works.
p.s. i forgot to add i had extra tests done and have a large anion gap. meaning i am very acidic in body ph. can allergies cause that? Seeing my family doctor on tuesday.
I tested high for cow's milk casein and whey about 15 years ago). Strict avoidance is your best bet. Eventually, (hopefully), your body will "calm" down and you might be able to consume tiny amounts (by mistake). I don't have to worry about cc in the kitchen with milk as I do with gluten.
Although I'm allergic to lots of things, I rarely use antihistamines. The one product that I keep on hand is a Costco brand that's comparable to Benadryl (I mostly use it for my dog!) It does not contact lactose. But lactose is a milk sugar. So, that would not bother me. I suppose I probably have a lactose intolerance now, that I have Celiac's or 'cause I'm just plain old simply because I've lost the ability to digest it -- the old "use it or lose it" factor.
Avoidance is best because it's in your power. I rely only on an antihistamine when I get exposed to my environmental allergies (e.g tree pollen or cats) and only when I'm extremely miserable (constant sneezing, itching). I tend to react to lots of medications (several ER visits) and I do my best to avoid them.
Hummm....you're not using any latex are you? That makes my feet and hands swell (socks or gloves). Even a bandage causes itching and swelling. And finally, even though it's summer here, I get swelling and hives from cold temperatures (e.g. swimming in the Pacific).
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