A susceptible person's allergic reaction to the ingestion of wheat or milk can vary from one case to the next. For some, the reaction is very mild and does not interfere with the person's daily routine. For others, the reaction may be severe enough to be life threatening. For people with allergies to wheat or milk, knowing the foods that contain them is very important.
The allergic reaction to wheat involves trouble breathing, rashes or nausea. Severe reactions can put a victim in anaphylactic shock, which is life-threatening. If allergic symptoms become severe, a first aid injection of epinephrine is needed, but emergency aid is still required. Avoiding foods that contain wheat is the easiest way to keep from having an allergic reaction, but the presence of wheat in a product is not always apparent. Food labels carry this information by law, but the possibility of cross contamination is not required information on labels. However, many manufacturers are forthcoming with this information when their products are manufactured in the same place products where wheat is used.
Foods with Wheat
The most easily recognised sources of wheat include bread, pasta, crackers and cakes. Wheat is also found in couscous -- a very fine-grained pasta, beer, hot dogs, ketchup, cereal, modified food starch and soy sauce. Even coffee substitutes and substitutes for meats and seafood can contain wheat. Wheat allergies are often found in people with allergies to barley, rye or oats, so these must be watched carefully as well.
Milk allergies produce wheezing from the formation of phlegm. Vomiting may occur as the body attempts to rid itself of the irritant. Anaphylaxis is rare, but it does happen. Milk allergies are not limited to cow's milk, although that is the main type of allergen. There are also allergies to goat's milk, sheep's milk and other milks, including soy milk. The offending substances in milk are two proteins: casein and whey. Babies with milk allergies generally outgrow them by the age of three.
Foods with Milk
All milk products should be avoided. This includes buttermilk, yoghurt, ice cream or chocolate milk. Read labels to determine what foods have milk in them. Processed foods that contain whey or casein should be avoided, as well as artificial butter and cheese flavours, protein powders and some candies. Look for labels that say "nondairy" but be aware that they can be labelled as such and still have an isolated milk protein.