Does dairy trigger eczema?
- by Petra Jelinkova
When we talk about our children’s eczema we hear a lot about the possibility of their eczema being triggered by dairy products. About 2%, which is about one in 50 of Australian and New Zealand infants are allergic to cow’s milk and other dairy products. Eczema can be a symptom of a dairy allergy. Is cow’s milk and dairy products making my child’s eczema worse? One of the symptoms of a reaction to these products can be eczema. A reaction to these products can range from severe to moderate and mild. Eczema can show as a symptom at any stage.
- Within minutes to up to 2 hours of having a small amount of cow’s milk – symptoms are eczema, hives, face swelling, difficulty breathing (anaphylaxis), vomiting, diarrhea.
- Several hours after having a moderate amount of cow’s milk – worsening of eczema, vomiting, diarrhea.
- After a day or several days after having a normal amount of cow’s milk – eczema, vomiting, diarrhea, asthma.