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Do Symptoms Like Lactose Intolerance Go Away Quickly
Lifelong: Lactose intolerance is something you will have for a long time. There are people who believe that using alot of milk can rebuild the deficiency enzymes but for most people this does not work. If mild, you can use lactaid pills. If more severe, avoiding dairy is better or limiting it to every four days is helpful. Try almond or coconut milk, try soy mini sandwich ice creams as alternatives. ...Read more
Found in milk. Lactose is a large sugar molecule that is made up of two smaller sugar molecules, glucose and galactose. In order for lactose to be absorbed from the intestine and into the body, it must first be split into glucose and galactose. The glucose and galactose are then absorbed by the cells lining the small intestine. The enzyme that splits lactose into glucose ...Read more
Symptom Manegement: While there is no cure for lactose intolerance, symptoms of the condition can be managed. Taking a lactase enzyme supplement before eating dairy products can help with lactose digestion. Decreasing/removing milk products from the diet improves symptoms as well, but it is important to find alternate sources of calcium and vitamin d, since they are nutrients essential for good health. ...Read more
1-2 days: Longer bouts of bloating and diarrhea are possibly due to other poorly digested sugars and fiber in the diet that can also trigger gas. After a large lactose load, bacteria that "ate" the lactose blooms and the higher bacterial load can now account for lingering symptoms in the sensitive digestive tract. ...Read more
GI problems: Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose due to a deficiency in the enzyme lactase. Common symptoms of this condition include abdominal bloating, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, gas, and nausea. These symptoms tend to occur soon after the ingestion of milk products. Infants or children with lactose intolerance may have slow growth or weight loss. ...Read more
Lactose isn't absore: Fermentation of lactose in the small inestine from failure to absorb lactose. The enzyme is present in adequate amounts in all children who are breast fed, and when age appropriate given regular milk. Blacks are suceptible to this at an earlier age, and caucasions, who go for long periods without injecting milk or other lactose containing products. Gas, bloating, cramps, and diarrhea can occur! ...Read more
Diarrhea/ rash: If present from birth, this often produces a chronic diarrhea with acidic stools that leave baby with a scorch looking diaper rash focused about the anus. After a while yeast will often join & aggravate the rash.If the diarrhea clears after a week on lactose free formula, with a return after a return to lactose, your most likely lactose intolerant. ...Read more
One size fits all?: Symptoms of lactose intol varies. Some people have a sensitivity to dairy products and others a more classic symptoms. There are formal tests to diagnose the condtion like a hydrogen breath test , lab tests , and stool analysis.Intestinal biopsy, genetic testing etc.Go get evaluated to make sure you dont have other inflamatory bowel dz .That may have similar symptoms. ...Read more
Yes: Sometimes they occur several hours later as well. ...Read more
Will eating a little normal diary products help me build up a resistance against lactose intolerance or just make it easier with the symptoms?
Hard to say: People can develop transient lactose intolerance after a harsh diarrheal syndrome and become lactose tolerant after it heals. If someone has true lactose intolerance from a genetic enzyme deficiency, it will always be a problem.Some dairy (yogurt, cheddar cheese) is very low in lactose and will not trigger symptoms. Taking the enzyme (otc lactaid) can help avoid symptoms for most. ...Read more
Lactose intolerance: Even 8 ounce cup of milk can cause symptoms like gas, bloating, diarrhea, cramping in abdomen. Whole milk has less lactose than low fat or skim milk. Yogurt, cheese, butter have less. Aged cheese has lot less lactose. Lactose is mostly in the watery portion of the milk. Breast milk has even more lactose than regular milk! ...Read more
I get symptoms of lactose intolerance with chocolate milk only but not other milk products. Is it normal?
Maybe an allergy: Actually you may have a chocolate allergy(or sensitivity) ..If you can eat all other milk/dairy products and not get stymptoms, then you may not be lactose intolerant. Do you get symptoms when eating other chocolate items? If not then the "cure" is just avoid chocolate milk.... ...Read more
Lactose: That is what lactose intolerance is. It is caused by an insufficiency of the lactase enzyme in the intestine. Milk can be purchased that is lactose free or can be treated with enzymes to break down the lactose sugar. Aged cheeses and yogurt are better tolerated than milk by people with lactose intolerance. The fat content does not significantly affect lactose, skim is not better than regular milk. ...Read more
Not in newborn: Lactase which digests lactose or milk sugar essentially always present in newborns and levels only decrease in toddlers at age children would usually be weaned. It is lack of lactase that causes lactose intolerance. About 2-3% of infants are milk allergic so this is a more likely cause of reactions to cow milk. Switch to soy based formula and consult an allergist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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