Updated: Feb 19, 2019
Hope you all had a fantastic weekend.
Just popping in today to clear up a few questions I have had regarding my dairy allergy.
Yes, most allergies can be detected through blood panel and/or skin tests.
Mine can not be detected that way.
In fact, when blood tested, my results are negative.
Only through biopsy of the esophagus or an elimination diet can it be diagnosed.
I will not go into anaphylactic shock so I do not need to carry an epipen.
This allergy is made worse over re-exposure.
If I eat a dairy ice cream cone, it will not kill me.
I will get very sick though.
It usually lasts for five days.
Think flu symptoms and a lot of swelling.
My issue is not with lactose.
I can not consume milk and yogurt that is lactose free.
Or pop lactaid pills.
I have a DAIRY allergy.
I can not consume milk, butter, cheese, most chocolate and the list goes on.
Click HERE for a link to a list of products that are not safe to consume if you have a dairy allergy.
It blew my mind when we started this journey how much dairy can "hide" in things you would never expect.
There are also print out sheets the size of a credit card you can put in your wallet.
Keith and I both carry one.
October 14th, 2018 I got "dairy-ed" at a restaurant in Marion, La Cantina.
They use margarine to sauté their veggies.
They were told about my allergy beforehand.
The waitress acted like it was an issue when we asked her to check with the chef to see if he could use oil instead.
Right before our food came out, she assured us the chef said it wasn't an issue and he was able to use oil.
Towards the end of dinner I started feeling sick.
By the time we left, I was broke out in hives all over my face and neck.
The next morning I woke up very inflamed.
Joint pain lasted for 5 days.
I didn't go #2 for 6 days.
I had hives everyday for 8/9 days following.
Hubs called the restaurant to educate them on allergies.
He was kind to them.
They offered us a free meal to "make things right".
We will not be going back.
Also, their "Mexican" food was crap.
But I guess we are used to the real deal.
Let me know if you have any more questions!