Got milk allergies? Drink more milk

Source of Article:  http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/health/2009/08/children_milk_allergies.html

Now this might sound counterintuitive: Giving children small quantities of milk over time may ease their allergic reaction to it.

Allergy experts at Johns Hopkins started following a small group of children in 2008, giving them higher doses of milk over time in an attempt to train their immune systems to tolerate it. It worked. In a recent follow-up, all 18 children with a history of severe milk allergy saw their allergy eased or disappear within 17 months, researchers report in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.  

Given the extremely small sample size, there are a number of caveats. Researchers are still learning about milk allergy and ways to possibly overcome it. What works for one child may not work for another. And these patients were given milk under the close supervision of a doctor. So a word of caution to parents -- don't try this at home.

Still, researchers are encouraged by the findings: regular dairy use could help children become more tolerant and remain so.

Some children remained allergy free even without daily exposure. For others, the allergies returned after they stop drinking milk, said Dr. Robert Wood, a lead investigator on the studies.

"This may mean that some patients are truly cured of their allergy, while in others the immune system adapts to regular daily exposure to milk, and may, in fact, need the exposure to continue to tolerate it," he said.

 

 

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