Milk Allergies Linked to ENT Conditions
Researchers from the University of Arkansas Medical School and Children’s Hospital have discovered that childhood allergies to milk are related to various ear, nose and throat infections and conditions among young children.
The researchers conducted a two-year study that followed 191 children with allergies to cow’s milk. Among the group, 141 children suffered from ear, nose or throat infections.
Among this group, 101 children were able to finish the study, which followed the children after milk products had been withdrawn from their diets. The researchers found that after two years, ninety-one percent had significantly reduced rates of ENT infections.
Of the ENT-milk allergic group, 72% suffered from airway congestion (wheezing), 36% suffered from eosinophilic esophagitis, and 80% suffered from throat infections. 27% also suffered from gastroesophageal reflux. Sixty percent of all ENT disorders were improved from the elimination diet.
Other studies have linked milk allergies to asthma, skin rashes and other conditions.
Paddack A, Gibbons T, Smith C, Patil S, Richter GT. Food Hypersensitivity and Otolaryngologic Conditions in Young Children. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012 Mar 23.