Blue cheese is often paired with other foods and ingredients, such as cream cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese, mayonnaise, and pickles, that may also cause an allergic reaction.
There have been reports of people having an allergic reaction to blue cheese when eating foods that also contain other ingredients, such as:
- Smoked salmon
If you’re allergic to blue cheese, it’s important to avoid any food that contains this ingredient.
If you’re allergic to any blue cheese, you should see your doctor. They can help you avoid any foods that contain blue cheese.
If you’re allergic to any other food that contains the ingredient, you should also avoid any food that contains it.
For example, your doctor may suggest avoiding:
- Cheddar cheese
- Smoked fish
- Smoked meat
- Cottage cheese
How is it diagnosed?
If you have a food allergy, you’ll need to see a doctor for an allergy evaluation.
Your doctor will look for any symptoms that you may be having with your blue cheese allergy.
They may also ask you about any other allergies that you may have and do a skin prick test.
This means they’ll apply a tiny amount of the food or ingredient to your skin. If you have an allergic reaction, you’ll have a reaction to that food or ingredient.
You’ll also need to see an allergist. This is a doctor who specializes in allergies.
What are the treatment options?
Treatment for a blue cheese allergy depends on what’s causing the reaction.
If the source of the reaction is the ingredient being cross-contaminated with other foods, your doctor may prescribe oral antihistamines to help prevent or stop an allergic reaction.
If the source of the reaction is the ingredient itself, they may prescribe an oral or topical antihistamine to help stop you from having an allergic reaction.
An oral antihistamine may be used in the following situations:
- It can help you prevent a reaction to blue cheese before you eat it.
- It can help you stop some of the symptoms of a reaction to blue cheese right away.
- It may help you manage anaphylaxis.
If you have a severe reaction to blue cheese or you have a severe reaction to other foods, you should see an allergist. They can help you find the best way to treat your reaction.
If you have a severe allergic reaction to blue cheese, you may need to go to the emergency room.
What’s the long-term outlook?
There’s no cure for a blue cheese allergy. However, you can manage your symptoms with the right treatment.
For example, antihistamines can help reduce your symptoms. If you have anaphylaxis, you may need emergency treatment.
Your doctor will help you find safe foods and ingredients to eat. They can also help you find out how to prevent a reaction from happening in the first place.
Can it be transmitted?
You can’t transmit a blue cheese allergy to someone else. However, if you have a food allergy, you can transmit that allergy to someone else.
For example, if you have both a cow’s milk and a soy allergy, you can transmit a cow’s milk allergy to someone else.
If you have just one allergy, it doesn’t mean that you can’t ever have another one. You can have multiple allergies at the same time.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI), people with a cow’s milk allergy can still have a soy allergy.
However, people may not be able to eat soy if they have a cow’s milk allergy. This is because of the possible cross-reactions between the two.
Even though you can’t transmit a blue cheese allergy to someone else, you can have a severe reaction to ingredients in food that you eat.
How can you help prevent a reaction?
The best way to prevent a reaction to a blue cheese ingredient is to avoid blue cheese altogether.
It may help to use an OTC antihistamine to help you keep any food you eat from causing a reaction.
You can also try to keep any cross-contamination to a minimum. This means that you should avoid any foods that contain blue cheese that aren’t fresh.
The best way to avoid cross-contamination is to keep any food that contains blue cheese in a closed plastic bag at room temperature.
Once you take out your food, be sure to wash your hands. You should also wash any utensils that you might have consumed with food.
Avoiding cross-contamination is important for everyone, including children.
If you suspect that you have a cross-contamination allergy, it’s important to see an allergist.
They can help you find out the best way to avoid cross-contamination in the future.
How to prepare for a blue cheese allergy?
You can prepare a meal for your family and friends by avoiding all of the following ingredients:
- Blue cheese
- Cream cheese
You can also prepare a meal for yourself by avoiding these ingredients:
- Milk, including soy milk
You can also add these ingredients to your diet if you like:
- Salad dressing
- Soy sauce
What’s the best way to eat a blue cheeseburger?
If you’re having a blue cheeseburger and you don’t have a cow’s milk allergy, it’s probably safe to eat.
However, you should avoid blue cheeseburgers if you do have a cow’s milk allergy.
This is because they’re likely to contain cow’s milk, and you may have a reaction to the ingredient.
The bottom line
Cheesecake is a popular dessert that comes in various flavors and textures.
Some people may be able to tolerate a small amount of dairy in certain recipes. However, they should avoid the following cheesecake recipes.
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