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Which treatment works the best and fastest for lactose intolerance?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Lactose intolerance?: Lactose intolerance is common--25% of caucasians, 80% of afro-americans, almost 100% asians. Lactose intolerance can be secondary to lactase enzyme deficiency, or due to a bigger problem of small bowel inflammation, infection, infiltrative disease, and/or maldigestion. Don't assume its lactose intolerance unless tested, or at least assessed response to lactase enzyme replacement (like lactaid).
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Dairy avoidance: Yep, that simple. Very cheap too.

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Palo Alto, CA
A 37-year-old male asked:

What are the symptoms of lactose intolerance? Is there a treatment?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Many/avoid it: Lactose is the sugar commonly found in cow milk products. Absence of an enzyme in your gut cells (lactase) means it is not absorbed. Gut bacteria feed on it producing gas & acid. Bloating, pain, watery stools & anal pain are common symptoms. Most can be symptom free just by avoiding milk products. You can take the enzyme as a pill or use milk products with the enzyme in it.

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