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can drinking milk when lactose intolerance cause any damage?

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Dr. Jeffrey Rosch
48 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Water is fine: Lactose intolerance is a deficiency in the intestines of lactase the enzyme that digests milk's sugar (lactose). Water does not contain lactose therefore not a problem.
Answered on Sep 6, 2014
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Perspectives differ: From my perspective the problem creates bloating, cramping, loose acidic stools & peri-anal irritation. I consider that an inconvenience. It does not cause your gut to bleed or worrisome damage to the intestines.
Answered on Dec 8, 2017

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