Rash on legs - allergy?

My 16-month grandson has been on Prosobee formula since he was born. Whenever he eats cheese, eggs, or other dairy products, his legs break out in raw, red patches. The doctor thinks that with the arrival of spring, i.e. wearing less clothing and not having dry, heated air in the house, that this will go away and we can start him on regular milk. What do you think?

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Dear Judy,

If you have noticed a reaction several times after your grandson has eaten dairy products and eggs, it seems like there is a connection and I would suspect an allergy to those two foods. Keep a diary that includes what he eats, the reaction, the weather, what he is wearing, and any other information you think would help the doctor make the proper diagnoses.

Allergies to milk and egg are not uncommon in young children, and if they are allergic you want to take the proper precautions by eliminating those foods and foods that contain them as ingredients. Simply clearing up the rash by wearing less clothing is treating the symptom, not the cause, if in fact, the cause is an allergic reaction to the ingestion of dairy and egg. However, a correct diagnoses is very important so you don't eliminate foods unnecessarily from your grandson's diet and put him at a nutritional deficit. This is especially true for foods such as milk, that can make a major nutritional contribution to the diet.

If after a speaking with the doctor again with the diary information, you are still doubtful about the diagnoses, then seek out the opinion of an M.D. specializing in allergies. The American Academy of Allergy and Immunology should be able to provide you with a list of allergist in your area. Call them at 1-800-822-asma.

Thank you for writing.

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