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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:13 pm 
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Ok so I've been avoiding dairy for 2 and a half years (like even in baked goods...whey, casein, everything) because all of a sudden I would get really nauseous when eating some dairy forms: always straight up milk and then the processed mac and cheese and some cheeses. Also, I had been diagnosed with EE and when I stopped dairy completely I didn't have trouble swallowing anymore. I am scheduled for a food challenge this coming May because I want to know once and for all if I am lactose intollerant, allergic, or nothing at all.
However, twice (at separate occasions) I was playing with my 1 1/2 year old cousin who had eaten lots of dairy stuff and had his hands constantly in his mouth and his hands accidentally (on my part because I didn't back away fast enough!) touched the inside of my mouth. If I didn't react does that mean I might not be allergic? I rinsed out my mouth right away but I never had any symptoms at all: no itching, no redness, no swelling, let alone anything worse.
Just wondering what you guys think and what your experiences have been...

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:39 am 
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I don't know much about EE, but if your only symptom to milk was nausea, if could be either an intolerance or a mild allergy. It was once thought that children would almost always out grown their milk allergy but now we're finding that isn't always the case anymore. I don't know if an allergy that you developed later in life can be "outgrown".

Definately see the allergist to determine once and for all, what type of reaction it is and in the meantime...keep your mouth shut around your cousin :D

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:09 pm 
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Haha! Thanks Susan.I will definitely be waiting to do the food challenge before I try anything on my own...and will have to be more careful when playing with my cousin until I know for sure!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 1:26 am 
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I believe that with ee it is difficult to figure out which foods cause symptoms because reactions can be delayed. Difficulty swallowing is definitely a symptom of ee.....

A "food challenge" for ee is long and drawn out. I know that kids with ee sometimes have to really limit their diets until the biopsy is clear (i.e. no/"normal" levels of eosinophils in the esophagus). Then they add foods back in under medical supervision and are rebiopsied to see if the foods are causing the eosinophils to come back. Adults are generally not put on the same types of strict diets, but then again, treatment of ee in adults is not as successful.

So what I'm saying is that milk could very well be causing ee symptoms for you even if you don't have an obvious, dramatic reaction to milk...that isn't the same as a usual allergic reaction (although an ee reaction may be IgE mediated.)


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