Cheese Allergy-Causes, Symptoms, And Cure
Cheese Allergy is not the same as being allergic to milk, although it may be the principle cause if your body reacts to milk proteins. Cheeses, especially the old European gourmet variety often contain molds which may be unrecognized by your body triggering off the unwanted reactions.
Reasons for Developing Cheese Allergy
The allergy occurs when the body tries to fight certain substances present in the cheese by releasing histamine and immunoglobulin E into the body which manifest themselves as physical symptoms commonly associated allergies. The kinds of substances in cheese that can cause such reactions are:-
- Milk protein like casein or whey protein
- Molds present on the surface of a cheese
- The chemical tyrosine, present in certain cheeses like Gouda or Parmesan
Lactose intolerant or people who cannot consume any kind of dairy products on account of allergies are usually affected by the allergy too.
Signs and Symptoms of Cheese Allergy
The symptoms that are evident when histamine is released in the body include:-
- Inflammation of the skin
- Runny nose
- Streaming eyes
- Clogged sinuses
Consuming mold encrusted cheese may result in:-
- Facial inflammation
- Congestion of throat and nasal passage
- Asthma like symptoms
Allergic reaction against tyrosine may cause:-
- Abdominal cramps
- Nausea and Vomiting
Diagnosis of Cheese Allergy
- Skin Prick Tests- the allergen is injected beneath the skin and the reactions observed.
- Maintaining a meticulous food log which includes every food item consumed during the day.
- Food Challenges- A little amount of the suspected food is given to the patient and the reactions are noted.
Treating Cheese Allergy Symptoms
- Avoiding all cheese and cheese containing products.
- Substituting Gouda and related cheeses with cottage cheese and ricotta cheese which do not contain tyrosine.
- OTC anti histamines and corticosteroids
- Nasal inhalers
- Stinging nettles and grape seed extracts are herbs that are recommended by alternative medicine as an effective cure against the allergy.
- Carrying an epi-pen or adrenaline injection is mandatory for people who are likely to have severe reactions known as anaphylaxis.
Being allergic to cheese is quite common although a trifle sad. It will be wise to take timely medical advice if you think you have got cheese asllergy instead of sending out for pizza and suffer discomfort.
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