Milk allergy vs. outside allergies

Kelly Smith - posted on 09/21/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )




Hello! Does anyone know..if you test negative for a dairy allergy, can you still have a reaction to milk(ie: coughing, especially when sleeping/runny nose)?
How can you tell the difference between outside allergies(ie: ragweed, hay, etc) vs. a food allergy?
Thank you for your help!


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User - posted on 04/01/2012




Coughing at night - it is beginning of asthma. I had the same problem with my daughter.

Outside allergies = coughing when sleeping

Rash, red cheeks = food allergy

My kids have food allergies. I have a blog with recipes for kids with food allergy, and some craft for them.

Michelle - posted on 01/14/2010




This sounds like the symptoms of environmental (hay, dust, ragweed, etc) allergies. My 3 yr old son is allergic to egg, milk and cheese. He also has a mild case of asthma (coughing/runny nose) that the pediatric allergist believes he may outgrow. We confirmed his egg/milk/cheese allergy via a blood test at age 2. I have been told that this is the only way to have 100% confirmation of this type of food allergy. The runy nose/coughing has been diagnosed/treated as mild asthma. He has been symptom free since receiving the right care. I highly recommend that you seek an appointment with a pediatric allergist.

Jennifer - posted on 01/11/2010




It depends what age they are test negative. SOme allergies don;t show up until up to 5 years old. But if you're having a rash reaction, you're probably allerigic, and not just intolerant.

Kathryn - posted on 11/07/2009




Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis, it took my sons doctors (military) 3 months to figure it out and my lil man had gotten VERY sick (he was 19 months when it started) and lost almost 10 pounds. there is no real test for it like they do for other allergies but what they did was gave my son a little bit of milk at the clinic and waited. the doctor was releasing him when my son threw up on him. and changed the doctors mind. my son is now just over 2 years (27 months) and is thriving on soy!

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