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#1 *melrose*

Posted 19 May 2019 - 08:40 PM

Hi all, just wondering I had a blood test the other day and it came back borderline allergic to milk.
Does anyone have this problem? I know I drank a crap load of soy milk and I had the worst stomach pains out, so also can't drink soy milk.
Looking at ideas on how to get around this problem as I love dairy products lol.

#2 PrincessPeach

Posted 19 May 2019 - 08:46 PM

Have you had an actual reaction to normal dairy products?

but if it sounds come back as an allergy & you have had a reaction you really need to avoid the stuff 100%, unlike intolerances allefies tend to get worse with each exposure,

#3 autumn-mae

Posted 19 May 2019 - 08:46 PM

oat milk? almond milk? rice milk?

Give them all a go, different brands too

#4 *melrose*

Posted 19 May 2019 - 08:55 PM

I started getting really bloated and had stomach pains so went to the doctors and he did a blood test for wheat and dairy.
And it came back borderline for milk.

Edited by *melrose*, 19 May 2019 - 08:55 PM.

#5 *Spikey*

Posted 19 May 2019 - 08:58 PM

Allergies aren't usually tested through a blood test.

An allergy specialist will usually use a skin prick test to determine an allergy that may lead to hives, anaphylaxis or similar responses.

They will get you to do challenge tests if its FPIES (which is an allergy, but with a different response).

I have a number of allergies - none diagnosed with blood tests.


On the food front, try lactose free milk, or try A2 Milk. You may only have issues with the A1 protein which is found in all other brands (but that one, thanks to their weird and loveable cows).

#6 *melrose*

Posted 19 May 2019 - 09:05 PM

*Catticus* confused now lol. So should I go back and see a specialist about this borderline milk allergy problem?

#7 Froyo

Posted 19 May 2019 - 09:11 PM

What kind of doctor did you see?

#8 PrincessPeach

Posted 19 May 2019 - 09:25 PM

if it was a GP, ask for a referral to an allergist.

#9 *melrose*

Posted 19 May 2019 - 09:34 PM

View PostFroyo, on 19 May 2019 - 09:11 PM, said:

What kind of doctor did you see?
Just my GP.

#10 *melrose*

Posted 20 May 2019 - 04:30 PM

View PostPrincessPeach, on 19 May 2019 - 09:25 PM, said:

if it was a GP, ask for a referral to an allergist.
GP said it would take over a year on the waiting list so he didn't refer me.

#11 PrincessPeach

Posted 20 May 2019 - 04:45 PM

View Post*melrose*, on 20 May 2019 - 04:30 PM, said:

GP said it would take over a year on the waiting list so he didn't refer me.

I'd be pushing for that referral anyway - you need definitive answer on what exactly you are allergic to - like is it the lactose, or the milk protein itself? Milk proteins appear in a scary large number of medications.

Plus once on that waitlist you can ask for a cancellation appointment, so you might get in sooner (although I think 12 month wait is fast, my nephew has been on a waitlist since July 2017 for his tonsils).

#12 *melrose*

Posted 20 May 2019 - 06:02 PM

I have made another appointment with him next week.

#13 Ruf~Feral~es

Posted 20 May 2019 - 06:14 PM

DD and I both react to milk/dairy.  No idea if it's an allergy or intolerance.  I've never been tested, I just manage it.  

For me personally, it used to make me vomit as a kid, so I no longer like dairy - mild, cheese, yoghurt, ice cream.  I avoid it like the plague.  But I hate it so it's easy.

DD loves dairy.  Not straight milk, but frappe's, ice creams, cheeses and cream based dishes.  She manages with Lacteez other lactose intolerance meds.

#14 *Spikey*

Posted 20 May 2019 - 06:18 PM

Sorry, you should get a referral to an allergy specialist who can narrow down what you are allergic to.

For example, I am ana to penicillin (deadly), and have FPIES to nuts (which results in vomiting and diarrhea if I accidentally eat them, but not anaphylaxis). I also have allergic rhinitis, to three different types of grass and a couple of trees. But these aren't deadly, just seasonal annoyances.

I needed a skin prick test for everything that provoked hives, swelling, rashes, etc.

The FPIES was done as an elimination challenge. After narrowing down the symptoms, it was clear that it wasn't an intolerance, then we just tested those nuts that we thought were problematic. Which was all of them. Quite an unpleasant couple of weeks there....

This webpage should explain why you need to pursue more specific testing. A blood test can tell you that you've had a reaction - but not necessarily what caused it. It's worth pursuing. In my case, I went from not allergic to extremely allergic to penicillin, and not allergic, to increasingly more allergic to nuts. Allergies are not static, so you really want more information about what's going on. Good luck.


#15 Lifesgood

Posted 20 May 2019 - 06:38 PM

Also see a dietician - you don't need a referral. Find one that specialises in the problems you are having, which sound like IBS and are caused by intolerances, not allergies.

#16 TheirMum2

Posted 20 May 2019 - 06:40 PM

You can now have a blood test called the RAST test, which screens for allergies when a person cannot have the skin prick test or when the appointment for a skin prick test might be very delayed (due to the long wait periods to see specialists).

#17 *Spikey*

Posted 20 May 2019 - 06:47 PM

This is true, but you get more info from the skin prick tests - like how severe it is.

#18 *melrose*

Posted 20 May 2019 - 07:24 PM

Well I have book in to see him next week again, have been feeling bloated for 2 days now and sore stomach.. So I will ask for the blood test and get on the waiting list ASAP.

#19 *melrose*

Posted 20 May 2019 - 07:31 PM

How much does it Cost out of pocket for the test?

#20 Wonderstruck

Posted 20 May 2019 - 08:48 PM

My daughter is non-ige cmpa both dairy and soy. Essentially she has an allergy to cows milk and soy proteins. It's a delayed gut reaction rather than anaphylaxis.

It's common for people to react to soy the same way as dairy as the protein structure is similar. She hasn't had any testing rather we removed dairy and soy from her diet and she quickly improved.

She likes vitasoy or oatly oat milk. We use nuttlex in place of butter and she likes the so delicious almond milk yoghurt from woolies or impressed one from Coles.

There are lots of coconut or almond based ice creams and dairy free magnums.

We didnt find good cheese replacements but others may know.

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