People with milk or dairy allergy experience symptoms because their immune system reacts as though milk and other dairy products are a dangerous invader. This reaction causes stomach upset, vomiting, itching skin, etc. Madam Felicia Kesewa, Health Promotion Officer at the Atua Government Hospital in the Lower Manya Krobo municipal, has said.
Madam Felicia Kesewa defined Diary Product Allergy as referring to the situation where a consumer experiences certain side effects such as rashes, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach blotting within hours after taking dairy products.
According to her, dairy allergy can occur as a result of a long break in milk consumption which results in the system no longer being used to it or the sudden switch from the use of milk to powdered milk or the system being used to raw milk but is later fed with processed milk like yoghurt and others.
Speaking on the Food, Safety, Nutrition and Hygiene programme hosted by Nana Ama to educate listeners and the public on dairy products such as milk and the causes, the nutrition officer said that:
“People with a milk or dairy allergy experience symptoms because their immune system reacts as milk and other dairy products are dangerous invaders and these reactions can cause hives, an upset stomach, vomiting, bloody stools and even anaphylactic shock because of the Amino hemoglobin A and the lactose intolerance reactions.
She further cautioned that milk, due to its high colostrum content should not be taken too much since it comes with the threat of raising the colostrum level in the body.
Therefore if these signs occur you can consume powdered milk, which has a far longer shelf life than liquid. Powdered milk also comes cheaper than fresh milk since it retains its nutritional value even if kept for a long time.
She also advised consumers not to contain milk in the can after opening, rather suggesting that the rest be stored in either a plastic or rubber container. This is because the tin can get rusted and must be used within three days.
She has also recommended the use of milk by pregnant women because it has calcium that regulates blood pressure.
Source: Prince Paul Amuzu/ritefmonline.org