I am 33 and wondering if I have an intolerance to milk. For the last 8 years I have been suffering with a recurrent watey blisters/rash that comes up stays for weeks and then goes and comes up somewhere else, recurrent sinus problems, IBS symptoms and sometime I feel short of breath and headaches.
Having seen my GP on many occasions regarding the above and asked the question the reply I get is "you could be allergic to anything and it would be impossible to find out" I seem to fit most of the symptoms of having milk intollerance and would like to have some idea as it is making my life miserable.
Unfortunatly there is no simple answer. If it is an allergy you can be tested for it, but if it is an "intollerance" the tests are not as conclusive. The best way to find out if it is milk that is giving you the problems (and no, it will not be easy) is to completely remove all dairy from your diet for a few weeks and see if you feel better. That means not only eliminating milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc., but also reading lables on everything and watching for words such as milk, butter, casein, whey, milk powder, and sometimes even "natural flavoring". Another way to go is to have a blood panel allergy test done. That way they can test for many allergies at the same time. It could be something besides milk, but it could also be other allergies AND milk. If you have multiple allergies then eliminating milk from your diet isn't going to tell you much. My daughter is allergic to milk, eggs, gluten, nuts, beef, garlic, and mustard (sigh). Best of luck to you. I hope you get your answers and are on your way to good health soon!
Thanks for the reply, I thought that I would try eliminating milk to start with and see how I fare with that. I have now moved to a new area and thought I would try again with my new GP and see if I can at least get some sort of tests done. It is so frustrating when clearly there is a problem, the doctor can see it but will not do anything about it ! Anyway sounds like you have alot to deal with there no wonder the sigh !
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