Dairy allergy and hair loss come from an immune system response to one or more proteins in milk, such as whey or casein.
You can be allergic to milk from goats, sheep, bison, or any other type of mammal, but the one most likely to cause an allergy is cow's milk. Children are more likely to develop this kind of allergy.
How does the immune system respond to a dairy allergy, and how is this allergy related to hair loss? We will answer those questions in this article.
If you are allergic to any of the milk proteins, the immune system detects it as an aggressive element in the body. It responds by causing cells to release chemicals to combat what it sees as a threat.
In this case, if the threat is milk or its derivatives, that causes the body to produce proteins that can cause skin swelling, among other things.
According to MedLinePlus.gov, when the immune system detects an antigen, it has to produce something to fight it. The body makes the cells release chemicals mistakenly, thinking they will protect us.
These chemicals cause inflammation, and if it is severe, it can bring a series of unexpected complications. Later we will see how inflammation is related to dairy allergy and hair loss.
For example, when you turn on a water hose, that was the action. So the hose pulls in the opposite direction to counteract the force of the water; that was the reaction.
The same goes for dairy allergies. You drink the milk; that's the action, but then comes the reaction. In some, that reaction can be a few minutes or even a few hours later. It almost always lasts less than a day.
But, if the allergy causes a delayed reaction, the symptoms can appear up to three days later. Most of those who have these reactions have a long medical history. The kind of person that no one can help because he has many conditions.
Symptoms of a dairy allergy include:
· breathing problems, such as breathing with a wheezing sound
· cough or shortness of breath
· digestive disorders
· eczema, which causes the skin to become rough and itchy
· hives, or reddening of the skin in different areas of the body, which also causes itching
· prickling or tingling sensation around the lips or mouth
· swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat
· skin rash
What is the difference between hives and rashes? Rashes due to milk allergy can arise due to exposure to milk, although not in all people. It often appears around the mouth, the area most exposed to contact.
Hives look like islands because the reddened skin is higher than the surrounding skin.
Any allergy is not a game, since, in extreme cases, anaphylaxis can occur, a very violent reaction, which, if not treated in time, can cause death.
Let's see now how dairy allergy and hair loss are related.
A common denominator of these cases is inflammation, often chronic. But, how are dairy allergy inflammation and hair loss related?
It happens because if the skin of the scalp becomes inflamed, the hair follicles weaken, and the hair begins to fall out.
The vast majority of children outgrow their milk allergies. Because for them, it is a matter of the body adjusting and adapting to what the child eats or drinks.
For those who cannot overcome the condition, the only solution is to avoid milk and dairy products at all costs.
You can also substitute the milk for a vegetable type, such as almond milk or coconut milk, which is my favorite. Coconut has many health benefits.
If you suspect you may have a milk allergy, you should see a doctor for tests to determine if you have that problem.
In short, the common factor between dairy allergy and hair loss is inflammation due to the immune system's reaction.
When it detects that one of the milk proteins is dangerous, it causes the cells to release a series of chemicals into the bloodstream, supposedly to neutralize what it considers a threat.
If you haven't already, you can read the article Can Allergies Cause Hair Loss. It considers various topics related to allergies and whether or not they have something to do with hair loss.
To see five more, you should read the article: Allergy Hair Loss.
Remember, if you switch from animal milk to vegetable milk such as almond or coconut milk, you will avoid the allergic reaction and thus master your hair loss.