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Medical IDs for Dairy (Milk) Allergy

 

A medical ID is recommended for adults and children diagnosed with dairy or milk allergies.  Children are especially at risk if they are unable to communicate their dietary restrictions properly in the event of an emergency. A dairy allergy is an abnormal response by the body's immune system to milk and products containing milk. When a person is allergic to milk, their body adversely reacts to the proteins found in dairy products. Reactions can range from mild to severe and can even lead to life-threatening anaphylaxis.

Milk allergies are most common in children but also affects 4.7 million adults in the US. Avoidance of milk or items containing milk products is the only way to manage this type of allergy.

 

"If you have already had a severe reaction, wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace that lets others know you have a food allergy." - Mayo Clinic


Milk Allergy Symptoms

Individuals living with a dairy allergy must use caution and closely monitor ingredients before consumption, as many products contain various forms of dairy.

Although they are not the same, allergic reactions to dairy can be similar to lactose intolerance. Common symptoms of dairy allergy include:

 

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Swelling of the lips and face
  • Tightness in the throat
  • Trouble swallowing

 

In an emergency, a medical ID can quickly alert others about the presence of dairy allergy and help avoid misdiagnosis, especially during an anaphylactic emergency. A dairy allergy bracelet could make the difference in getting the treatment you need.


Dairy Allergy and Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that needs to be treated right away. A reaction can begin in minutes or appear hours later after eating food that contains dairy or milk products.

Epinephrine is the most effective treatment for anaphylaxis. Wearing a medical ID helps to alertothers that an epinephrine auto-injector such as EpiPen is needed in case of severe allergic reactions to milk.

 

"Be prepared for anaphylaxis. Consider having your child wear or carry a medical alert bracelet to let others know of the allergy." - Kids with Food Allergies

 


What to Engrave on a Dairy Allergy Medical ID Bracelet or Necklace

Engraved information on a medical ID bracelet or necklace for a dairy allergy can be helpful to anyone responding to an emergency. When engraving a milk allergy alert ID, make sure that it contains accurate information that is easy to read, even in the most difficult situations like anaphylaxis.

 

  • Wearer’s name
  • Milk or dairy allergy
  • Other medical conditions or autoimmune disorders that may or may not be related to dairy allergy – examples are asthma, diabetes, autism, etc.
  • Epi-pen information – include an alert to use epi-pen and where it can be found (in pocket, bag)
  • In case of emergency contacts


 

"Wear a medical ID bracelet or necklace. It lets others know of your allergy in an emergency. Also, keep a card in your wallet or purse that explains your allergy." - Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America