I’m allergic to cows milk… and goats milk too!? Why?

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Question by zg123: I’m allergic to cows milk… and goats milk too!? Why?
When I drink/eat dairy products I usually get pimples, gas, and stomach cramping. So as an alternative I’ve been drinking goats milk occasionally since I was a child. Recently… say within the last year or two I’ve noticed after drinking goats milk sometimes I will get very gassy but haven’t noticed an increase in pimples. Is it possible I am allergic to goats milk too? I read they both contain lactose… is that my problem? Maybe allergy & lactose intolerance to cows milk, but only lactose with goats milk?

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3 Responses to I’m allergic to cows milk… and goats milk too!? Why?

  1. it would be because of the lactose in both. If you’re intolerant to lactose, then it doesn’t matter what animal it comes from. Goat’s milk has got lower lactose levels than cow’s milk and that may be why you’ve been able to get away with drinking that, but it sounds like your body is saying stop to both.

    I only ever drink soya milk and occasionally lactose free milk.

    Sandy Peters
    June 23, 2014 at 4:54 am

  2. You probably suffer from lactose intolerance. There are products that are lactose free. There are also pills you can take before eating things containing lactose. I would stick with the lactose free products though.

    June 23, 2014 at 5:38 am

  3. The short answer is yes. You are missing the lactase enzyme in your digestive system which is solely responsible for metabolizing lactose. The simple way for you to test your reactions to lactose would be to try low-lactose or 0% lactose milk (cow and goats). See the link in the Source section of my answer to see a sampling of these products.

    Many companies produce 0% lactose milk today which contain all the ingredients, vitamins and calcium of normal milk (cow or goat) but are simply lacking the lactose component.

    Try 0% lactose cow’s milk for one week to see if you develop pimples. If you do then you have a general allergy to cow’s milk. If you don’t, then the pimples are simply a side effect to your body’s inability to metabolize lactose.

    June 23, 2014 at 6:17 am

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