National Food Allergy Awareness Month Round Three: Dairy

It’s National Food Awareness Allergy Month. If you have a food allergy, you know how to manage it. However, your friends and extended family may not be aware of all of the things that surround a food allergy and what can trigger a reaction.

At Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels, we are allergy aware and twist our pretzels in a nut-free bakery. For this special month, we want to make you aware of the major food allergies affecting our friends and family. Today, our focus moves to dairy allergies.

A dairy allergy should not be confused with lactose intolerance. According to The Food Allergy Gourmet, this allergy occurs when your immune system interprets proteins in dairy products as a harmful substance. Your body then produces antibodies to fight off the substance.

Reactions include rash, redness and swelling around the mouth, hives, asthma, stomachache, cramping, diarrhea or vomiting.

Dairy products can be found in food products, but also in non-food products, such as cosmetics, shampoos and some pharmaceutical drugs. Be sure the read labels to remain safe. As with a gluten allergy, it is important to make sure you are aware of cross-contaimination when dining out.

Do you have a dairy allergy? How does it affect your life?

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