Allergies

Milk Allergy Test

Milk allergy is a most common food allergy in children. It is affecting nearly 1 – 2% of infants. This is a less common allergy in school going children. This is due to the allergy antibodies against the proteins in milk. The reaction caused by the antibodies is referred to as immediate allergic reactions. An allergy test like skin prick test can help in detecting the allergy causing antibodies. All children do not have an allergic reaction to milk even the result in positive after doing the test. The doctor determines whether your child will develop a reaction to milk after conducting

milk allergy test

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Tests for Milk Allergy:

If food is the cause of an allergy, it is not always easy to detect the exact cause. To determine whether one is allergic to milk, he may:

  • Ask about the signs and symptoms in detail
  • He may perform a physical examination
  • He may ask you to produce the diary that has the list of foods you ear
  • He may ask you whether you avoided milk from your diet or not

Physician may also suggest one or both the tests discussed in the below lines:

Blood test:

Blood test measures the response of the immune system to milk by measuring the antibodies level in the bloodstream, called immunoglobulin E antibodies. Blood sample is taken from the patient and is sent to the medical laboratory, where it can be tested for the evidence of milk sensitivity. However, it may not be accurate always in identifying a milk allergy.

Skin test:

Your skin is pricked and is exposed to little amount of milk proteins. You will develop raised bumps on the surface of the skin if you are allergic to milk. This test may not be accurate in determining milk allergy.

If the doctor suspects the symptoms are not triggered by food allergy, one must go for other tests to rule out the problem.

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