Experience with dairy allergy?

Discussion in 'DoDMERB' started by TomB, Oct 26, 2018.

  1. TomB

    TomB Member

    Feb 6, 2018
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    Anyone have any experience with having a dairy allergy? I am disqualified for it. I am able to eat things like chocolate chip cookies or eggs with milk in it but if I had something like a glass of milk then I would be in big trouble. I am very worried about it and plan on asking about it to the medical teams at the service academies.

    Unfortunately, I was prescribed an epi-pen which I am aware is a big no no but I never used it nor found the need for any medication because I have never been in dire need of it. I eat products with dairy in them all the time, I just have to avoid big amounts of it.

    Is there anyone out there who HAS a dairy allergy and is in the military? I’m very curious.
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2018
  2. Tbpxece

    Tbpxece Member

    Nov 13, 2018
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    There are a number of folks in the military who have food allergies and carry epipens. The catch is that the bulk were diagnosed after joining.

    However in your case, DODI 6130.03 says:
    "History of acute allergic reaction to fish, shellfish, peanuts, or tree nuts including the
    presence of a food-specific immunoglobulin E antibody if accompanied by a correlating clinical history."

    I don't see dairy listed there.

    If you don't have a specific history of anaphylaxis, you should be ok.

    EpiPen shouldn't be an issue. Folks getting immunotherapy for insect allergies are prescribed and carry those. DODMERB says they are ok to come in once they have completed the shots.

    Don't take my word for it, though. Read the DODI yourself