Does a skin reaction to milk warrant a further investigation into an allergy to ingested dairy products?
February 6, 2012 7:49 AM Subscribe
Had a weird milk-skin contact reaction: does a skin reaction to milk warrant a further investigation into an allergy to ingested dairy products?
posted by NikitaNikita to Health & Fitness (9 answers total)
Snowflakey background details: This weekend I was at a Korean spa, and after a thorough scrubbing I was given a milk-containing rinse to splash on my face a few times. This resulted in a spectacular display of red splotches, hot to the touch, all over my face and chest (where the milk hit me.) Even one of my eyes became pink/bloodshot. After I saw the splotches develop I used soap and water to wash my face off, and after that and some time in the dark dry sauna (where I was hiding, because I looked scary) I recovered. It subsided in about 25-40 minutes, and I was in the clear by ~2 hours later.
I realize the rinse may have contained more than milk (and I suppose I can test this cheaply and easily in my own home), but it made me wonder:
Does a skin contact reaction to a food product potentially warrant investigation into dietary allergies?
I love and eat all sorts of dairy products, but as of late I also am very frequently having stomach problems (bloating) and extreme fatigue. I was sort of in denial about this (did I mention I love dairy products?) but now am wondering if I should take this all more seriously.
Thanks in advance!