Mesa, AZ (PRWEB) March 28, 2014 -- Milk may do the body good, but it can also cause very uncomfortable symptoms for people who are suffering from either milk allergy or lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance and milk allergy share some common symptoms, but their origin is different:
Milk allergy involves a malfunction of the immune system in which the body misperceives proteins in milk as foreign invading armies and tries to attack them by releasing chemicals such as histamine into the body. Common symptoms of milk allergy include hives, wheezing, gastrointestinal problems (vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps or colic in babies) and hay fever-like symptoms.
Lactose intolerance does not involve the immune system. It occurs when the body fails to produce enough of the enzymes needed to digest a common sugar in milk known as lactose. The symptoms of lactose intolerance are mostly gastrointestinal and include bloating, flatulence, cramping, diarrhea, and vomiting.
While milk allergies are most common with children 3 and under, they can continue into adulthood (or even develop in adulthood). Lactose intolerance can occur in children and adults and is usually a permanent condition.
Those that suspect having either a milk allergy or lactose intolerance are encouraged to talk to a physician to rule out other problems such as irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease.
Avoiding milk and dairy products is a safe place to start, but that can be tricky considering the wide range of products that milk is found in (deli meats and crackers, cake mix, baked goods, pudding, donuts, nougat, and even chewing gum). Cutting out milk can also be problematic because it is an important source of calcium and Vitamin D.
Some people with lactose intolerance are able to manage their symptoms by drinking small amounts of milk at wide intervals throughout the day or by eating a solid (such as cereal) with their milk.
For people with milk allergies, AllergyEasy, a leading innovator of allergy testing and treatment, announces a pain-free therapy known as sublingual immunotherapy. It can offer hope beyond just avoiding milk.
Sublingual immunotherapy works similar to allergy shots, but the allergy serum (containing traces of milk proteins) is dispensed under the tongue where it absorbs into the bloodstream through special cells in the mouth. Over time, the body may build up a tolerance to the milk proteins so the body will stop reacting in uncomfortable ways when it digests milk products.
Sublingual immunotherapy has been in the news a lot lately because it was used successfully in a study at Duke University to help children decrease their sensitivity to peanut allergens.
Dr. Stuart Agren, director of AllergyEasy, uses sublingual immunotherapy to treat allergies to milk and dozens of other food items including wheat, rice, corn, soy, eggs, fruit and more.
"It's easy to stick with. It's just a drop under the tongue each day," said Dr. Agren. "It's very life-changing for people to be able to eat foods that they've had to avoid for years."
For more information on AllergyEasy, please visit allergyeasy.com or call 1-877-276-3393.
Dr. Stuart Agren, AllergyEasy, http://www.allergyeasy.com, +1 (480) 827-0038 Ext: 2, [email protected]