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Doctor insights on: Signs Of Dairy Intolerance

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What causes dairy intolerance?

What causes dairy intolerance?

Can't digest lactose: Milk has lactose as it's sugar. Milk is a complete food for baby mammals, so it has fat, protein, sugar, etc... Most people don't have as much "lactase" enzyme as they get older, but some people start losing their enzyme in childhood. Certain racial groups don't lose it. Without the enzyme, the lactose sugar is digested by the intestinal bacteria, so leads to gassiness, cramps, and some diarrhea. ...Read more

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What's the best way for a person to get calcium if they have a dairy intolerance?

What's the best way for a person to get calcium if they have a dairy intolerance?

Foods/supplements: Many different dairy alternatives are fortified with calcium and /or vitamin d which include: soy milk and orange juice. Additionally you should speak with your doctor about taking vitamin d and/ or calcium supplements if you need them. A good calcium supplement comes in the form of tums, for example. Again, please discuss with your doctor. Also see a nutritionist. ...Read more

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Can dairy intolerance be confused for appendicitis?

Can dairy intolerance be confused for appendicitis?

Yes, : Appendicitis can be confused with almost any disease, and its manifestations are considered "protean". I had to look up this word in the dictionary when i first heard of it, too. If you suspect acute appendicitis, you need to be seen by a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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How to tell if it's intolerance or an allergic reaction to dairy?

How to tell if it's intolerance or an allergic reaction  to dairy?

Symptoms and test: Dairy reactions can be lactose iintolerance (milk sugar) with symptoms limited to GI tract like crampy abdominal pain, gassiness and diarrhea. Milk skin test is negative. Milk allergy (to milk protein) may have GI symptoms but also rash, hives, swelling, or even anaphylaxis. Milk skin test will be positive. ...Read more

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What is best dairy to have if slight intolerance--milk, cheese, yoghurt?

What is best dairy to have if slight intolerance--milk, cheese, yoghurt?

Lactase-treated…: Milk (lactaid, dairy ease) or lactose-free cheese, yogurt, ice cream should present no problems. Using lactase enzyme tablets (lactaid, dairy ease) before dairy products will break down milk sugar that causes problems. Enjoy your dairy products as good sources of calcium. ...Read more

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Can too much dairy in son's diet cause lactose intolerance?

Can too much dairy in son's diet cause lactose intolerance?

No, but....: Lactose tolerance is a lack of enzyme lactase in the GI tract. Drinking mill doesn't cause this, but by definition, if lactose intolerant, u should avoid drinking milk. ...Read more

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What to do about severe lactose intolerance? I love my dairy.

What to do about severe lactose intolerance? I love my dairy.

Dairy with lactase!: People can boy a milk called lactaid, which has the enzyme to break down lactose. Hood brand milk has much reduced lactose, usually 3g per 8oz serving. ...Read more

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What is the difference in symptoms of dairy allergy vs. Dairy intolerance?

What is the difference in symptoms of dairy allergy vs. Dairy intolerance?

Allergy not just GI: Dairy intolerance is caused by an inability to digest milk sugar lactose into two simpler sugars. This results in gas, cramps, bloating, flatulence & diarrhea. Dairy allergy may cause these same symptoms but typically also causes vomiting, skin rashes like hives or eczema & even triggers allergic rhinitis & asthma. If symptoms all GI try lactose-free milk. You'll have no symptoms if intolerant. ...Read more

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With lactose intolerance, will I get sick from consuming some dairy yogurt?

With lactose intolerance, will I get sick from consuming some dairy yogurt?

Most likely: If you are lactose intolerant, you will most likely develop symptoms after eating yogurt that contains lactose. ...Read more