Milk Makes Me Itch
Maybe I really can eat dairy products, I thought, or at least yogurt and butter (which have low to no levels of lactose).
So I've been eating yogurt and butter again.
That's likely the reason I've sprouted so many weird symptoms all of a sudden the last few days (starting about when I started eating the yogurt again). And why I've been so itchy the last few days. And why I now have a very itchy scalp.
They're all the same symptoms I got last time I tried this experiment. And the time before.
I used to get eczema on my scalp as a kid, along with GI symptoms, when I had dairy products. The last several times I've tried eating dairy products, I ended up with an extremely itchy scalp within a few days, as well as general body-itching, diarrhea and other GI symptoms. When I stopped eating the dairy products the symptoms went away.
My allergist had 3 reasons for saying I wasn't allergic to milk:
1. My skin test was negative for all the food allergies we tested, including milk.
2. "Only children are usually allergic to milk. Milk allergies are very rare in adults. And adults don't get eczema from milk. So it can't be eczema from a milk allergy that's making your head itch."
3. "You can't blame everything on the food you eat. The fact that you get these symptoms after ingesting milk is just a coincidence because they're not typical allergy symptoms."
He also said that the pinprick-like tiny raised bumps Baby E gets over her entire diaper area within a few minutes of eating corn or soy (even if she hasn't had a BM) can't possibly be related to allergies because "Diaper rash is not an allergy symptom." Even when she got the exact same thing after her skin-prick test when she reacted to corn and soy.
Diarrhea and her other symptoms, he said, "can be" allergy symptoms, but they probably aren't usually an allergic reaction in her case. More likely she's just getting one virus after another, several times a week. Or possibly she could have a GI issue, but that's highly unlikely.
The more I think about it the more frustrated I get. I don't know whether to trust his opinions or not.
He is, after all, a pediatric allergist. He should know from allergy reaction, right???