A milk allergy can really cause that to happen?
Milk allergy is the most common food allergy in children. The usual allergic reaction to milk is due to the allergic antibody (called IgE) that leads to the release of histamine and other inflammatory mediators resulting in typical allergic reaction symptoms of hives, swelling, vomiting/abdominal pain and sometimes anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction).
However, sometimes the symptoms of a milk reaction are very unusual. One such reaction that is usually seen in newborn infants results in Milk-Induced Pulmonary Hemosiderosis (bleeding into the lungs) and is also called Heiner Syndrome.
To read an interesting report on Heiner Syndrome authored by Dr. Jerome Sigua and Dr. Zacharisen and published this month in the Wisconsin Medical Journal, go to: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/a07cd139#/a07cd139/32
At Family Allergy & Asthma Care of Montana, we participate in the medical education of our future allergists/immunologists and publish relevant, informative cases to assist all healthcare providers to expand their knowledge to improve the outcomes of patients.
This information is solely for informational purposes and not intended as a substitute for consultation with a medical professional.