When will children grow out of milk allergy?

Ezcema of infants

Eczema of infants

Milk allergy

Milk allergy

 

 

When will children grow out of their milk allergy?

Milk allergy is a common problem; 2% to 3% of children are affected by it. While most children present with a mild degree of problems such as eczema and stomach complaints, rarely the milk allergy can cause serious reactions. Many parents want to know when their children will stop suffering from milk allergy.

Research shows about 50% of children will get rid of their allergy to milk by five years of age. Another 20% will be able to tolerate milk products by five years even though they may show allergy to whole milk.

The onset of milk allergy can occur very early as early as the first month of life. The symptoms are caused by immune changes in the gut in response to milk allergy. These changes can be due to the production of an antibody called IgE antibody or due to infiltration by immune cells causing damage to the intestines.

The acute reactions which most parents are worried about, are IgE-mediated reactions, which can result in life-threatening types of events in rare cases. More commonly we see patients with worsening skin rashes (eczema) due to milk allergy. The good news is that more than half of them will get some relief by five years of age.

Recurrent diarrhea is another reason why infants are brought to the pediatrician – which can be associated with allergic reaction. Recurrent diarrhea can lead to malnutrition in some cases. The IgE mediated allergy can be followed by infiltration by an immune cell called the eosinophil which can lead to damage to the lining of intestines. The eosinophils accumulating in high concentration in different parts of gut such as esophagus, gastrointestinal tract, and colon can result in vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, failure to gain weight.

Fall Season and Allergy

Fall Season Allergy

The onset of fall season is associated with many colorful flowers. It is also associated with many flowering allergenic plants. Many individuals develop symptoms of allergy with the beginning of fall season. Ragweed pollen still predominates the pollen through the air, along with with grass and Elm Tree pollen.
Along with many flowering ragweeds, you many colorful weeds carrying yellow flowers; these are golden rods; they are not associated with inducing allergy symptoms in fall season.

Goldenrod:
Golden rods are producing attractive flowers now in many deserted areas across the land. They add a nice color to panoramic view. Goldenrod can grow to height between about three to five feet. They carry bright yellow flowers and slender stems. The leaves are linear with serrated edges.

Allergy tests are done for goldenrod as they are associated with symptoms of allergy. However, the pollen from goldenrod is not often air-borne as the pollen is heavy and sticky and is rarely carried through the air. Even though airway hypersensitive reactions are rare, allergic reaction can develop as a result of direct contact resulting in skin rashes, known as contact dermatitis. Golden rod 4

What causes allergy in May?

Allergic rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis

 Tree pollen allergy is the most common cause of allergy symptoms in May. Tree pollen appear in air starting in March and continues for the next few months. The following is the list of the predominant tree pollen in the month of May.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mulberry Pollen

Mulberry Tree

Mulberry Tree

May is the month in which mulberry trees start pollination. Pollen of red and white mulberry, and paper mulberry are released in  large quantities. Pollen of red, white, and paper mulberry are highly reactive to those with an allergy to mulberry pollen. Red mulberry is native to the whole of Eastern  United States, while white and paper mulberry are seen in the warmer regions of the country. Symptoms of sneezing, blocked nose, and itchy eyes are very frequent when the allergenic pollen is inhaled or in contact with the eyes.

 Grass Pollen Allergy

Grass pollen allergy

Grass pollen allergy

Early spring is marked by green, and that means grass pollen in the air. Allergy to grass pollen is commonly associated with allergic rhinitis (sinus allergy) with sneezing and blocked nose, allergic conjunctivitis with eye watering, swelling of eye lids, and triggering of an asthma attack. Grass pollen allergy is diagnosed by skin tests or blood tests. If allergy tests show positive results and if the symptoms are worse during grass pollen season,  allergy shots are prescribed to help develop a tolerance to grass pollen. Recently oral allergy treatment by sublingual route has been introduced.

Pecan Tree Pollen Allergy

Pecan trees are producing the flowers  in April and continue with pollination in May; many individuals are allergic to pecan pollen. The trees are identified by its long sickle shaped leaves, with pointed tips. Pollen is associated with sinus symptoms – sneezing, blocked nose and post-nasal drip.

Pecan Pollen Allergy

Pecan Pollen Allergy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oak Tree Pollen Allergy

Oak trees started pollinating in March and continue to produce large quantities of pollen in air.  Different types of pollinating oak tress include: Chapman Oak, Post Oak, Swamp  Oak, Overcup Oak, Bur Oak, White Oak, Southern Red Oak, Turkey Oak, Black Oak, Northern Pin Oak, Scarlet Oak, Pin Oak, Bear Oak, etc., depending on which part of the country you live. Time of appearance of pollen in air can differ based the onset of warm weather. You develop symptoms of allergy to Oak Tree Pollen because of presence of an antibody called IgE antibody to Oak Tree Pollen, which is usually an inherited mechanism. When the pollen appears in air, and when you come into contact with them in the nose or the eyes, you release a chemical called histamine, which cause redness and itching of eyes.

Oak tree pollen allergy

Oak tree pollen allergy

 Walnut Tree Pollen Allergy

Walnut tree pollen appear in May and are associated with symptoms of sneezing, blocked nose, runny nose, and itchy-eyes. Black Walnut trees are large with open rounded crown of dark green color. The trees carry pinnate leaves. They pollinate in early spring. Diagnosis of Walnut Pollen allergy is made by allergy skin tests or blood tests. Once diagnosed allergy shots are prescribed if the symptoms are severe enough. There is no connection between Walnut pollen allergy and allergy to Walnuts.

What is blooming in your backyard?

Trees and Plants with Blooms in March in Louisiana

There are many trees with blooms already in Louisiana in early March. Some patients could allergy to contact to some of them:

Japanese Magnolia is in bloom now in March in Louisiana.

Japanese Magnolia

What is blooming in your backyard?

Japanese Magnolia

What is blooming in Louisiana in March?

Jap.magnolia
What is blooming now in Louisiana in March?

Allergy reactions to Japanese Magnolia are rare.