Lanolin allergy what to avoid

A. Bess Dawson-Hughes, MD, lab director of the Bone Metabolism Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Middle on Aging, answers: “While some people allergic to wool own reported an allergic reaction to vitamin D3 supplements (particularly at high doses), there is extremely little scientific data to support or refute this claim. According to, vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) supplements are derived from either fish oil or lanolin (a natural waxy substance that helps sheep shed water from their wooly coats).

If your doctor has recommended vitamin D supplements and you are concerned about taking a lanolin-derived product, glance for fish-oil derived D3. Another option is to take vitamin D2, which may not be fairly as effective as D3 at raising blood levels but is a excellent choice none-the-less. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, so be certain to take it with a meal or snack that includes some healthy fat.

“Our bodies produce Vitamin D when rays from the sun strike the skin. Sun screen and clothing interfere with this process but are significant for preventing skin cancer.

Americans get most of their dietary vitamin D from fortified foods, particularly milk, ready-to-eat breakfast cereals, orange juice, and yogurt, and from natural sources love fatty fish (tuna, mackerel, salmon). Beef liver, cheese, and egg yolk also naturally contain some vitamin D (mostly D3), and some mushrooms provide D2.”

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Contact dermatitis covers a range of delayed skin reactions that happen after direct skin contact with a sensitising agent or contact irritant.

by Dr.

Adrian Morris

This is common in adults in the workplace (Occupational Dermatitis) and occurs in cleaners, caterers, mechanics, hairdressers, nurses and food handlers. Triggers include hair products, jewellery, dyes in clothing, leather, rubber, glues, cement, raw food exposure, topical medications, sunscreens, cosmetics, fragrances and plants. Irritant contact dermatitis accounts for over 80% of every contact dermatitis.

This occurs on the hands and other skin surfaces where chronic exposure to a cleaning agent or chemical induces a non-allergic localised skin irritation. Allergic contact dermatitis involves a delayed cell mediated allergy which develops after exposure to a metal or chemical in the environment. Contact Urticaria is a rapid onset localised urticaria seen in chefs and food handlers.

Avoiding exposure to allergens

The best way to hold your symptoms under control is often to avoid the things you’re allergic to, although this is not always practical.

For example, you may be capable to help manage:

  1. food allergies by being careful about what you eat
  2. hay fever by staying indoors and avoiding grassy areas when the pollen count is high
  3. animal allergies by keeping pets exterior as much as possible and washing them regularly
  4. mould allergies by keeping your home dry and well-ventilated, and dealing with any damp and condensation
  5. dust mite allergies by using allergy-proof duvets and pillows, and fitting wooden floors rather than carpets

Treating severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis)

Some people with severe allergies may experience life-threatening reactions, known as anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock.

If you’re at risk of this, you’ll be given special injectors containing a medicine called adrenaline to use in an emergency.

If you develop symptoms of anaphylaxis, such as difficulty breathing, you should inject yourself in the outer thigh before seeking emergency medical assist.

Find out more about treating anaphylaxis

Immunotherapy (desensitisation) 

Immunotherapy may be an option for a little number of people with certain severe and persistent allergies who are unable to control their symptoms using the measures above.

The treatment involves being given occasional little doses of the allergen, either as an injection, or as drops or tablets under the tongue, over the course of several years.

The injection can only be performed in a specialist clinic under the supervision of a doctor, as there’s a little risk of a severe reaction.

The drops or tablets can generally be taken at home.

The purpose of treatment is to help your body get used to the allergen so it does not react to it so severely.

This will not necessarily cure your allergy, but it’ll make it milder and mean you can take less medicine.

Treating specific allergic conditions

Use the links under to discover information about how specific allergies and related conditions are treated:

Sheet final reviewed: 22 November 2018
Next review due: 22 November 2021

Babies can be unsettled for numerous reasons and it can sometimes take time and effort to work out the cause. However it can be a genuine concern if your baby is uncomfortable, in pain, distressed or if he is being ill, experiencing diarrhoea or has other symptoms.

The Unhappy Breastfed Baby can assist you determine whether your baby’s behaviour is due to something other than an allergy.

But when you own ruled out most of the obvious causes and your baby is still, unhappy, colicky or experiencing dry and itchy skin, you may start to wonder whether your breastfed baby could be reacting to something in his diet, environment, or, if he is exclusively breastfed, something in your own diet.

Certain medical conditions can own symptoms similar to those of an allergic reaction. It may be wise to law these out before deciding whether a baby’s symptoms are due to an allergy.

Food allergy

A food allergy occurs when a baby’s immune system creates specific antibodies to a specific food. If the baby is then given that food, his immune system releases chemicals including histamine that trigger inflammation and allergic symptoms.

Symptoms can happen within minutes or up to several hours after eating the food responsible. It’s wise to see your GP if your baby is showing signs of allergy, but some symptoms are more worrying than others. Seek medical assist quickly if your baby has an anaphylactic reaction: breathing difficulties, swelling, or a rash appearing immediately after physical contact or eating a specific food.

Did you know?

• More than 20 substances in cows’ milk own been identified as human allergens.
• If a baby reacts when his mom drinks milk or has dairy products, this is a sensitivity to cows’ milk protein, not lactose intolerance.
• Most baby formulas contain cows’ milk, often referred to as ’whey based’ or ‘casein based’.
• Soya, the basis of some baby formulas, is also a common allergen.
• Baby formula may also contain fish oils and vegetable oils (eg palm, rapeseed, coconut, sunflower).
• Medicines and supplements can contain other ingredients that are potentially allergenic.
• If you or a member of your immediate family has an allergy or intolerance, your baby is more likely to own one too.

Allergy symptoms

Tummy symptoms include:
• Seeming hungry for the breast but pulling away after a minute or two, arching the back and screaming.
• Vomiting, projectile vomiting.
• Diarrhoea—large numbers of large, loose, watery poos.
• Cramping, constipation and wind.
• Blood in poos.

May be accompanied by anaemia—NB there are other causes for these symptoms too.
• Poor appetite, poor weight gain.
• Refusal to feed.
• Constant, excessive dribbling. Ear, nose and throat symptoms include:
• Lots of ear wax.
• Runny nose, sneezing, coughing.
• Nasal congestion, lots of secretions.
• Noisy breathing.
• Wheezing.
• Lung problems such as asthma or bronchitis.
• Swollen tonsils.

Eye and skin symptoms include:
• Swollen eyelids, dark circles under eyes.
• Eczema, dermatitis, hives, other rashes and itching.
• Redness around mouth, on cheeks or in the nappy area.
• Cradle cap.
• Spotty ‘milk rash’.
• Excessive sweating.

Food intolerance

A food intolerance doesn’t involve an allergic reaction but can cause similar symptoms.

You may not need to stop giving your baby a food to which he is intolerant—reducing the quantity may be enough.

Identifying the problem food

If your baby is having only your milk
• Are you taking any laxatives, medicines, vitamins, iron tablets or other supplements?
• Do you drink lots of caffeinated drinks? Coffee, cola, tea and some pain relievers, freezing remedies, weight control aids and diuretics contain caffeine. Chocolate contains a substance called theobromine that can own a similar effect to caffeine if you eat a lot.
• Own you recently eaten a new food or any specific food in large amounts?
• Are there any foods that you don’t love but own decided to eat during pregnancy or breastfeeding because you ponder they will be excellent for you and your baby?
• Are there foods that you crave?

What foods do you snack on when you own a bad day?
• Do shut family members own problems with any specific foods? Depending on how sensitive your baby is, removing or cutting below on the offending items in your diet may well solve the problem.

If your baby is not fully breastfed
The majority of babies don’t need anything other than mother’s milk before about six months—no baby formula, drinks, solids or vitamins. Babies over six months who own started solids can be sensitive to certain common foods until they are a little older.

• Could your baby be reacting to the drinks or solid foods he is having?
• Is he on any medication or vitamin supplements?
• Could he be receiving other drinks such as baby formula or juice, or solid food, from anyone else without your knowledge?

Infant formula or follow-on formula is generally cows’ milk-based and a common, avoidable cause of allergy or intolerance.

Babies don’t need follow-on formula at all. Removing the offending food from your baby’s diet for now should solve the problem; he may be capable to tolerate it in a few months time. If you ponder your baby may be reacting to a prescribed medication that he has to take, speak to your doctor—he may be capable to prescribe an alternative.

Common problem foods
• Cows’ milk, other dairy products and certain protein foods: soya, egg, pork, fish and shellfish.
• Wheat, corn, nuts and peanuts.
• Oranges and other citrus fruits; seedy fruits such as tomatoes, berries and kiwi fruit.
• Cabbage, onions and spices.

Fenugreek is closely related to peanuts.
• Certain additives, artificial colourings, flavourings and preservatives.

Doesn’t breastfeeding prevent allergy?

Breastfeeding generally helps to protect against allergy but it may still happen. If one or both parents own an allergy or food intolerance, it makes it more likely that their baby will too. Early exposure to baby formula based on cows’ milk or soya increases the risk of allergy or intolerance both in childhood and in later life.

A baby’s immune system is immature at birth.
Colostrum, or early milk, is wealthy in antibodies, particularly sIgA, which provides a protective coating inside a baby’s intestines.

Mature mother’s milk continues to provide protection, helping to prevent potential allergens from reaching a baby’s blood stream.

Cutting out suspect foods

If your baby is exclusively breastfed you may need to eliminate the suspect food from your own diet for a while. Only cut out one or two foods at a time and permit 2–3 weeks to see if your baby improves. Be aware that symptoms sometimes get worse before they get better. If there is no improvement after this time then that food is unlikely to be the culprit and you can reintroduce it into your diet.

Work below the list (above) cutting out one food at a time.

Start with cows’ milk, the most common cause of problems. Check package labels for milk products, which may be listed as: butter, yoghurt, cheese, whey, casein or caseinate, or lactose. These can turn up in the most unexpected foods and in some medicines and vitamin tablets.

Some milk-allergic children do well on goat or sheep milk, but these are comparatively rare—more generally a cows’-milk allergy predicts an equally severe allergy to other animal milks, although they can provide a temporary respite. Some children who are allergic to milk also react to beef.

Find out as much as you can before you start an elimination diet and enquire your doctor for a referral to a dietician, especially if you need to cut out a major food group.

Unless your baby has experienced a severe reaction, you may discover you can reintroduce the offending food later in little amounts without causing symptoms. Seek medical assist if your baby has shown definite anaphylactic signs, such as an immediate rash, swelling or noisy breathing.


Source: United States Breastfeeding Committee

Breastmilk contains tiny traces of whatever foods a mom has herself been eating.

This is the ideal way to prepare a baby gently for the eventual introduction of solids.

Lanolin allergy what to avoid

The best weaning foods for your baby are generally healthy foods selected from your diet. The best time to start weaning is whenever he starts reaching out for the food on your plate.

Environmental triggers

Eczema, other dermatitis and dry skin rashes can also be reactions to products such as bubble bath, baby wipes, skin cream, fabric conditioner or washing detergent. Numerous mothers discover avoiding unnecessary products or a change of detergent improves things. Reading packaging can assist avoid problems with common allergens such as lanolin and perfumes. Use fragrance-free products whenever possible.

Be aware that herbals can also be allergenic—being natural doesn’t necessarily make a product less irritating. Hay fever symptoms and other ear, nose and throat symptoms can be caused by spring and summer pollens and other airborne allergens such as dust.

Seek support

It can be fairly an effort to be an allergy detective with a fussy baby on your hands, so seek information and support. The excellent news is that little changes to your diet could make a large difference to a baby with a food allergy or intolerance.

An LLL Leader can assist you determine the most likely cause of your baby’s symptoms. Local LLL groups are grand for practical and moral support and you may discover others there who own had similar experiences.

Written by Sue Cardus and mothers of LLLGB

Further Reading
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. LLLI. London: Pinter & Martin, 2010.
Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple. Mohrbacher, N. Amarillo, TX: Hale Publishing, 2010.
My Baby Won’t Breastfeed
Safe Sleep & The Breastfed Baby
Starting Solids
The Unhappy Breastfed Baby
Toddlers and Food

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Copyright LLLGB 2016

Filed Under: Common ConcernsTagged With: allergy, cow’s milk protein, Crying, diarrhoea, food, intolerance, rash, swollen, triggers

Ask Tufts Experts March 2019 Issue

Allergy medicines

Medicines for mild allergies are available from pharmacies without a prescription.

But always enquire a pharmacist or GP for advice before starting any new medicine, as they’re not suitable for everyone.


Antihistamines are the main medicines for allergies.

They can be used:

  1. as and when you notice the symptoms of an allergic reaction
  2. to prevent allergic reactions – for example, you may take them in the morning if you own hay fever and you know the pollen count is high that day

Antihistamines can be taken as tablets, capsules, creams, liquids, eye drops or nasal sprays, depending on which part of your body is affected by your allergy.

Lotions and creams

Red and itchy skin caused by an allergic reaction can sometimes be treated with over-the-counter creams and lotions, such as:

  1. moisturising creams (emollients) to hold the skin moist and protect it from allergens
  2. calamine lotion to reduce itchiness
  3. steroids to reduce inflammation


Decongestants can be used as a short-term treatment for a blocked nose caused by an allergic reaction.

They can be taken as tablets, capsules, nasal sprays or liquids.

Do not use them for more than a week at a time, as using them for endless periods can make your symptoms worse.


Steroid medicines can assist reduce inflammation caused by an allergic reaction.

They’re available as:

Sprays, drops and feeble steroid creams are available without a prescription.

Stronger creams, inhalers and tablets are available on prescription from a GP.