What is Yogurt allergy?
Yogurt is produced from the bacterial fermentation of milk. Generally, yogurt is made from cow’s milk. Yogurt allergy is caused due to the proteins present in the yogurt . People having milk allergy would also be allergic to yogurt and vice versa. Our body perceives the proteins present in the yogurt as harmful as reacts against it. This results skin reaction, gastrointestinal problems and other allergic reactions.
Yogurt allergy and milk allergy are closely related. The allergy-causing proteins present in the milk are retained when yogurt is formed. This results in the allergy. People allergic to yogurt should avoid milk, cheese and other milk byproducts.
Symptoms of yogurt allergy:
- Skin reactions such as hives, rashes, redness
- Gastrointestinal problems such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pains
- Severe reaction such as dizziness, breathlessness, low blood pressure and difficulty breathing. These are the symptoms of anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening allergic reaction. If an individual experiences these symptoms, he/she should be immediately administered epinephrine to stop the reaction
How to Prevent Yogurt Allergy:
- Avoid yogurt, milk and all other milk products
- Read the labels and avoid those products which contain yogurt/milk
- Be careful while eating out. Always inquire about the ingredients and avoid foods which contain yogurt and milk
- Switch to soy yogurt/soy milk
Allergy Testing and Treatment:
- Skin test and blood test can be done to check for yogurt allergy
- Once tested for allergy, your allergist would suggest anti-histamines or topical corticosteroids to treat the reaction
- Always carry an epinephrine to prevent severe allergic reaction
Yogurt allergy can result in severe reactions. Do consult your allergist for testing if you suspect that you are allergic to yogurt.