Hi, I'm looking for some advice on milk allergies. I am in my 40's have had asthma, eczema, hay fever, dust mite and allergies to various animals pretty much my whole life but its always been manageable and never that severe. I don't drink milk and limit my dairy intake for ethical reasons and have done so for about 15 years or so but occasionally I binge on chocolate, cheese and ice cream as I'm weak, its yummy and its a naughty treat.
About six months ago my eczema flared up and despite using all the usual creams etc it has not properly gone away and I was beginning to feel generally tired and unwell. I saw my GP twice in about a month, explained eyes were sticky every morning and I felt under the weather. I had no fever though so was thought to be a bad bout of eczema that needed steroids and stronger antihistamines. Despite two courses of oral steroids it didn't go away and in fact it got worse and I lost quite a bit of hair from my scalp so it was very noticeable. Had to see a different GP as original was busy. He took one look at me and said I had a secondary infection on face and gave me antibiotics, this cleared the infection immediately. I thought the problem was fixed as my skin got better and I could feel fluffy hair on my bald patches of scalp.
However about two or three weeks ago I started itching severely all over , not just on my skin, but my eyes and nose as well. Also eczema patches appeared on my tummy, back and bikini line. I used the usual steroid cream and emollients, the eczema got better and itching went away for almost a week. Last night it flared up again, the itching was really bad this time and scabby wet patches appeared on my scalp again. My calves have got scabby too and I've bruised myself trying to rub the itching away. I've not slept at all as I couldn't get relief from itching. The antihistamines haven't worked for the last two bouts either and my nose feels like it does when its grass pollen season.
At stupid o'clock this morning I had an epiphany, yesterday I ate a whole quiche for lunch and tub of ice-cream for my tea as I'd bought for a friend and got tempted. Could I be itching because I probably ate more dairy yesterday than I do in a normally in a month? Can adults suddenly develop an allergy like this? I'm now wondering if the original skin infection resulted from scratching caused by eating products containing milk? Is it worth me writing down what I've eaten this week and then what I eat for a week or two before I go and visit my GP so I have a bit more information and should I eliminate dairy for part of that? Or just go and explain what happened?
Thanks in advance