What is Goat Milk Allergy?
Goat milk is considered to be easily digestible and is rich in minerals. Many use it as an alternative to cow’s milk. However, goat milk can cause an allergy – resulting in hives, runny nose, diarrhea and other reactions. The proteins present in the goat milk are responsible for triggering the allergic reaction.
Goat Milk Allergy Symptoms:
The allergy to goat milk is caused due to the proteins present in the milk. Here are few symptoms of goat milk allergy
- Rashes, hives, itchiness of skin
- Runny nose, watery eyes
- Nausea, diarrhea, abdominal cramps
- Dizziness, breathlessness, low blood pressure – these are symptoms of anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction). If an individual experiences these symptoms, he/she should be administered epinephrine immediately to prevent further complications
Ways to Prevent Goat Milk Allergy:
To prevent an allergy to goat milk, you can switch to soy milk or rice milk, which are safer alternatives. However, some can also be allergic to soy milk and rice milk. One should avoid all forms of goat milk to prevent an allergy. The good news is that many kids with goat milk allergy outgrow their allergy by the time they are 3 years old.
Your allergist can conduct a patch test to check if you have an allergy to goat milk. If an allergy is detected, anthistamines, corticosteriods or other medications can be prescribed to treat the allergy. If a person is allergic to goat milk, he/she should carry epinephrine to prevent anaphylaxis.
Can people with Cow Milk Allergy Tolerate Goat Milk?
:It has been found that people allergic to cow milk are also allergic to goat milk. This is because similar proteins are found in both cow and goat milk. But, goat milk is comparably less allergenic than cow milk. Due to this reason, few people who are allergic to cow milk may not be allergic to goat milk. However, do consult your allergist before switching from cow milk to goat milk.