Soy milk is an alternative of milk containing water, soybean flour etc. which is used in making tofu and some infant formulas.
What Causes milk soy allergy?
Unlike soy and milk intolerance which is merely a milk soy allergy found in adults as well as infants is an immune reaction to one of the constituents of soy milk or milk products. It’s been found that infants who suffer from milk allergies suffer from allergic reactions to other soy products as well. The good news is that most children outgrow these allergies during their childhood. Allergy to soy and milk formula often causes localized itching or skin rashes after an hour of ingestion. More harsh reactions consist of coughing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or loss of consciousness. A methodical reaction that causes respiratory problem and decreased blood pressure is called anaphylaxis. This is a rare reaction but must be administered by a doctor or medication as this may
be life-threatening. Another form of reaction that occurs sometimes is the Enterocolitis. Symptoms comprise diarrhea with blood and often poor weight gain and growth.
In case of adults who develop milk soy allergies, its becoming increasingly common among their older age brackets and it’s an easy food to avoid due to labeling of product ingredients but it’s a very commonly used product, such as in breads and desserts. Milk soy allergy is caused by the hypersensitivity of the body immune system to the proteins found in soy. When soy is ingested it is mistaken by the immune system as a harmful substance and it begins to attack the ingested soy with antibodies called immunoglobulin E, or IgE. The presence of these antibodies in the bloodstream cause a chemical reaction by causing mast cells to produce histamine which consequently causes inflammation is soft tissue.
Symptoms of Milk Soy Allergy
The symptoms of allergic reaction are in the form of respiratory symptoms such as tingling or ticklish feeling in your mouth or swelling of face, lips or tongue. Due to the production of histamine in the lungs, airways get swollen which causes asthmatic symptoms. This may be followed by nasal congestion of sinus pressure. Other symptoms include inflammation in the gut or stomach area followed by nausea, vomiting and in extreme cases, diarrhea and bloating. Although severe symptoms of milk soy allergy are rare, they can lead to death if not treated.