Allergist and Immunologist Questions Milk allergy

Allergy to milk

I have an allergy to milk. What dairy products should I eat to get all the necessary vitamins?

Female | 22 years old
Complaint duration: 10 years

6 Answers

That's a very good question, and the best resource is to find those foods that are milk free, but still supply you with enough calcium. Another consideration, if you can tolerate, is Tums, which contain 200mcg of calcium per tablet.

Lynn A. Wiens, MD
Good evening,

You should avoid all dairy products since they contain cow's milk. Alternatives would be like almond or soy milk.
In case you have a true allergy to milk, you should avoid all dairy products. I need to know more specific information about health issues. Some people may have milk intolerance which they confuse with allergy to milk. In reality it’s a different medical condition. To answer your question more precisely, Ione needs to see the results of your tests (blood, skin tests and/or food challenge test). Besides, there are other conditions that may mimic milk allergy. Calcium which is found in milk and dairy products can be easily substituted by calcium from almonds. You can also have almond milk.
Hope this helps you.
People who are allergic to milk cannot consume any dairy products. People who have sensitivity to milk such as lactose intolerance or other mild issues can consume the types of dairy that do not trigger a reaction. Calcium, protein and fat are the main nutritional benefits of dairy so as long as you get those nutrients via other products in your diet you will be fine.
Has an allergy to milk been confirmed by a board certified allergy center? The answer to your question depends on other factors such as other food allergies or other under/over-lying conditions. Our patients with only a milk allergy or even various food allergies typically do not have an issue with nutrition, and we do not offer council on the subject. I would suggest seeking advice from a certified/licensed nutritionist.
Thank you for your question.
Soy milk, almond milk, or cashew milk could be good alternatives if you are not allergic to them. Green vegetables are also rich in calcium. If more information is needed, check with a nutritionist.