Dealing with Dairy Intolerance and Allergies

If you have a food allergy or intolerance, it’s best for you to know as much as you can about it so you can avoid reactions. Learn what is it like to have an allergy or intolerance (especially dairy) and get tips on how to avoid allergens.

Only 4 percent of Americans, but 30-40 percent of children have a food allergy.  Allergies can be hard to avoid, especially dairy allergies.  Having an allergy doesn’t mean you’re missing out on anything. I, myself, have a dairy allergy. I can’t have milk, butter, ice cream, cheese, most chocolate, cream, etc. The list goes on and on,  and with so many things to avoid, it can be hard to be sure what you can and can’t have. But honestly, some of these things aren’t very healthy, so it’s not always that bad not eating them. It’s best to read the packaging or ask someone about the ingredients if you are not sure about it. You also have to be careful with what you use to treat your allergy when you get an allergic reaction. Medicines actually cause the most allergy-related deaths.

How you react to people explaining their allergies can affect their feelings since this is a very sensitive situation. Never tease someone about their allergy or trick someone into eating what they are allergic to. This can lead to an allergic reaction and a possible trip to the hospital. Allergies are nothing to joke about since some people can actually die from their allergies. They didn’t choose to have allergies, so you should never make someone feel like it’s their fault.

The difference between an allergy and an intolerance: What most people mix up is having a dairy allergy vs. being lactose intolerant. If you are lactose intolerant, it means you do not have enough lactose enzymes to digest dairy on your own, so you get gas and an upset stomach, or even vomiting for some people. Taking lactaid enzyme pills can help prevent lactose intolerance. If you have a dairy allergy, it means that you can digest dairy, but you will get an allergic reaction. When you have a dairy allergy, the symptoms to an allergic reaction can be different for different people, but the most common symptoms are: swelling, throat closing, trouble breathing, dizziness, and hives. 

Lactose intolerance is more common than a dairy allergy, and some people might think you have a lactose intolerance if you have a dairy allergy, but rarely the other way around. Some of the same things happen, though. You can grow in and out of a dairy allergy, but you can only grow into a lactose intolerance. 

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