Food allergies affect 4 percent of the U.S. population. Many of those are children.

An allergy to dairy is one of the most common food allergies. If you suspect that you are having a reaction to dairy, there are steps you can take to prevent it from reaching a dangerous level.


If you have access to an antihistamine, take the highest appropriate dosage right away. Benadryl is excellent diphenhydramine and one of the most effective ones available over the counter.

After taking the antihistamine, try to drink a few glasses of water to help with hydration levels and to flush the body of the allergen. Repeat a dose if the symptoms persist as recommended by the instructions with the medication.


For severe allergies, an epinephrine auto-injector, such as the EpiPen, should be on your person at all times. Do not hesitate to use it if you suspect an allergic response is happening. Do not wait.

Remove the pen from its casing and swing the needle into your upper thigh – the needle will be able to pierce through clothing. Hold the pen in your thigh for 10 seconds, allowing all of the medicine to leave the pen and enter your body. After removing the pen, rub the injection site for 30 seconds and return the pen to its case. As soon as possible, call 911 or ask someone near you to call for emergency help.

Get It Out of Your System

If you know you are severely allergic to dairy and suspect you have ingested it, induce vomiting as soon as possible. Afterward, brush your teeth thoroughly.

A cup of soothing tea, like chamomile, may help to settle your stomach. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated and to flush any of the remaining allergens out of your body. Then try to relax and let your body recover

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