A milk allergy is a common food allergy caused by an immune system reaction to one or more proteins in cow's milk. It can also be a reaction to other animal's milks, although since consumption of cow's milk is by far the most common, it is typically the 'milk' referred to.
While the protein that causes the allergic reaction is harmless to people who do not have a milk allergy, it can cause anaphylaxis (a life-threatening condition) in those who do have a milk allergy. The most common symptoms suffered by people with a milk allergy can include vomiting, skin rashes, hives and gastric distress.
Typically, the treatment for a milk allergy is to avoid milk proteins, and and products from milk such as yogurt, butter, cheese, etc. New, natural methods suggest that for many, enzyme supplements can help reduce most occurrences of symptoms. More on this below.
Closely related to milk allergies is lactose intolerance. In simple terms, we can define it as the inability to metabolize lactose. This is usually caused by the lack of a very important enzyme known as lactase, which is naturally occurring in our digestive system. As we age, most (75% by some estimates) adults show some decrease in lactase activity.
The adverse effects of a lactose intolerance is usually caused by a higher-than-usual level of milk consumption. While it may be unpleasant, it does not present a severe threat to the human health, and can be managed by minimizing the occurrence and severity of symptoms. According to the US National Institute of Health, "Dietary control of lactose intolerance depends on people learning, through trial and error, how much lactose they can handle".
As with other types of allergies, for many people their allergic reactions to milk or their lactose intolerance are difficult to tolerate without treatment. A growing number of these same people are tired of the drugs and shots that provide only temporary relief and unwanted side effects.
As noted above, new methods for testing and evaluation have allowed allergy sufferers to avoid common over-the-counter and prescription drugs and invasive methods (shots) that provide short-term relief from various food allergies. Some have learned that, too often, the side effects are as bad as the symptoms themselves, if not worse!
A natural allergy relief approach is a real alternative that will help many. In most cases, such an approach promotes a holistic healing effect for the healthy functioning of the Digestive System and the Immune System. When these systems work more efficiently, your body no longer responds to the allergens that produce symptoms (the aches and pains and rashes), that cause so much misery.
Natural allergy relief products and services are very effective, and most importantly for many people, they produce no harmful side effects. It is why such an approach is becoming much more popular everyday.