By Dr Harsh Sharma, DHMS, BHMS
Published May 10, 2019, Last updated May 10, 2019
What is Milk Allergy
Milk Allergy is a common problem in children. This milk allergy is an allergic reaction of the body to milk and any product containing milk. The body’s immunity overreacts to an otherwise perfectly harmless thing like milk. It can happen to milk from cow, buffalo or goat milk. In some cases, it can happen to mother’s milk too. Before we come to the homeopathic medicines for milk allergy, let us understand milk allergy a little better.
Symptoms of milk allergy
The symptoms of milk allergy vary from patient to patient. All of the symptoms may not occur in one person. They may not happen at the same time too. These symptoms may manifest immediately after drinking milk or eating any milk product or may take some time to show. Here are the most common symptoms of milk allergy –
- Skin symptoms like hives or wheals may form immediately after taking milk or milk products. Rash may also form on the skin. Itching or irritation on the skin is also possible.
- Swelling of the lips, tongue, throat, eyes and around mouth may also be present.
- There may be wheezing respiration, cough or shortness of breath in some cases.
- Vomiting, diarrhea or crampy pains in abdomen may be present.
- There may be watery discharge from nose, eyes along with redness of eyes.
- Colic is present in infants or babies.
- Anaphylaxis or a shock like situation which can be life threatening can occur though it is rare.
Causes of Milk Allergy
As with other allergies, there is no specific known reason why one person develops allergy to milk and another does not. Most of the time, milk allergy occurs in infants and young children though this can happen in older people too. It is not necessary that one should be born with any such allergy. One can develop allergies later in life. This can happen to things which one had been eating or drinking previously for years without any problem. One is likely to develop milk allergy if –
- You are young. As you grow older, you are less likely to develop milk allergy.
- One has any other allergy
- One has dermatitis or eczema
- Allergies run in your family. If your mother or father or a sibling too has allergies, you are also likely to develop allergies.
Treatment for milk allergy
The allopathic system of medicine does not have any treatment for milk allergy. The only advice that the allopathic doctors can give you is to avoid milk for the rest of your life. In case you end up taking milk or milk products unknowingly, they will give you some anti-allergic medicines to tide over the crisis. They also treat other symptoms on a case to case basis. There is no permanent cure for milk allergy as far as allopathic system of medicine is concerned.
Homeopathic treatment of milk allergy
Homeopathy is very effective in the treatment of allergies. It can treat all sorts of allergies. That is because homeopathic medicines do not aim to treat individual allergies. Homeopathic medicines aim at straightening out the immunity. Any allergy happens when the immune system goes on an overdrive. This overactive immune system has to be set right and the allergy will disappear. This is just what Homeopathy does.
5 best Homeopathic medicines for milk allergy
Here are the 5 best homeopathic medicines for milk allergy. I have given this list based on my personal experience and study. It is by no means an exhaustive list. One has to go beyond these 5 remedies quite often. That depends on the symptoms of each patient. Nevertheless, these 5 medicines have worked wonderfully well for the treatment of milk allergy.
Calcarea Carb- best remedy for milk allergy in obese patients with desire to eat indigestible things
China- best homeopathic medicine for milk allergy with marked weakness
Sepia – best homeopathic medicine for milk allergy with an all gone sensation in the stomach
Conium- best homeopathic medicine for milk allergy with trembling after passing stool
Aethusa Cynapium- best homeopathic remedy for milk allergy with vomiting of curdled milk
Here is a brief description of these 5 best homeopathic medicines for milk allergy. The brief symptomatology is being given to provide a glimpse of the picture of these remedies.
Calcarea Carb – One of the best homeopathic medicines for milk allergy in obese persons with desire for indigestible things.
Calcarea Carb patient is usually fat, fair and flabby. There is increased sweating all over the body, more so on the head. He has desire for indigestible things like chalk, earth and coal. He also likes egg, salt and sweets. There is sour vomiting after taking milk. Even eructations are sour. There are cramps in stomach which are worse from pressure and cold water.
China – One of the best homeopathic medicines for milk allergy with marked weakness.
When there is increased weakness due to loss of body fluids, China is one of the best homeopathic medicines for milk allergy. There is painless diarrhea after taking milk. This diarrhea is worse at night. The stool is undigested, frothy and yellow. Increased flatulence is present in all cases. There is much flatulent colic which is better on bending double.
Sepia- One of the best homeopathic medicines for milk allergy with a weak, all gone sensation in the stomach.
When there is a weakness in the stomach area which can be described as an all gone sensation, Sepia is one of the best homeopathic medicines for milk allergy. This all gone feeling is not relieved even after eating. There is nausea which is worse on lying on side. This nausea is worse in the morning before eating. The taste remains salty and everything tastes like salt.
Conium- One of the best homeopathic medicines for milk allergy with trembling after passing stool.
When there is trembling sort of weakness after passing stool, Conium is one of the best homeopathic medicines for milk allergy. There is severe pain in and around the liver. Acid eructations and heartburn trouble the patient. There are painful spasms in the stomach.
Aethusa Cynapium – One of the best homeopathic medicines for milk allergy with vomiting of curdled milk.
When the milk is vomited some time after drinking in a curdled form, Aethusa Cynapium is one of the best homeopathic medicines for milk allergy. There is vomiting of white frothy matter. The patient becomes hungry after vomiting and feels like eating again. There is increased sweating with vomiting followed by sleepiness. Stomach feels upside down with burning feeling up to the chest.