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One direct link between milk allergy and eczema is when the ingestion of milk actually triggers the rash.
Although milk is sometimes a trigger, there are many common triggers, including skin infection, irritants, the itch-scratch-itch cycle and various allergens in the environment. Removing milk from the diet as a form of treatment carries nutritional and social risks, so dietary changes should only be done with medical supervision. If medical treatment for atopic dermatitis fails to provide relief, the possibility that milk (or other foods) is a trigger can be explored with an allergist.Dr. Scott Sicherer is Chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology of the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. Together with Dr. Hemant Sharma, Associate Chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, he writes “The Food Allergy Experts” column in the American Edition of Allergic Living magazine. Questions submitted below will be considered for answer in the magazine.