Whey is the watery component of milk, which contains about twenty percent of the proteins found in milk. In some cases, the immune system considers whey as an allergen and creates antigens to fight this allergen. As a result an individual may experience allergic reaction after consumption of milk or milk products. The allergic reaction may develop within some hours of consuming whey.
Whey Allergy Symptoms
The symptoms of whey allergy include,
- Gastro-intestinal distress in the form of bloating, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea, etc. These symptoms may develop immediately or within a few hours of consumption of milk
- Respiratory symptoms associated with the allergy include sneezing, difficulty in breathing (similar to an asthma attack) and irritation and burning in the eyes
- Skin rash with formation of hives on the skin and itching is a common symptom
- Giddiness, fatigue, weakness are also observed in some cases
Foods To Avoid With Dairy Allergy
Avoiding dairy products is the best diet.Avoiding butter, cream, ghee, custard, yogurt, high protein flour, margarine, lactose, etc is recommended.
While avoiding dairy products, it is essential to ensure that the body is supplied with the requisite amount of calcium and Vitamin D. Hence calcium and vitamin D supplements are recommended.
Whey allergy treatment is normally symptomatic and depends upon the clinical manifestations. Nasal decongestants, antihistamine, etc can be used to take care of respiratory and skin aliments. In severe cases anaphylactic symptoms may occur and require immediate intensive care.