Know the Difference: Milk Allergy vs. Dairy Allergy vs. Lactose Intolerance

Sorry ice cream gives you the shitz, but it’s not gonna kill you so don’t you dare call your lactose intolerance a milk allergy.  It makes people outside the “allergy world” think that an allergy to milk is no big deal because all it does is make you crampy, gassy, and poopy.  Wrong.  It can kill!  So stfu about your lame intolerance.


Milk allergy should not be confused with lactose intolerance. Milk allergy is a food allergy, which is an overreaction of the immune system to a specific food protein. When the food protein is ingested, it can trigger an allergic reaction that may include a range of symptoms from mild symptoms (rashes, hives, itching, swelling, etc.) to severe symptoms (trouble breathing, wheezing, loss of consciousness, etc.). Reactions to milk can be severe and life-threatening (read more about anaphylaxis).

Milk allergy is sometimes referred to as dairy allergy, but this term should be used with caution. Dairy is a category of products that contain cow’s milk. Since this is a product category – not a single ingredient (such as milk) – it is not listed in ingredient statements on processed foods. The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act requires that products containing milk list it as an ingredient, and…

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