How to Treat Milk Intolerance Symptoms

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Milk intolerance symptoms are one of the effects dairy intolerance or lactose intolerance. Food intolerance happens when a person cannot properly digest dairy food products such as milk. Many people often confuse food intolerance with food allergy.
Food allergy is not the same as food intolerance because food allergy is due to primarily due to an immune response. Food allergies are due to the fact that body’s immune system mistaken the food as a foreign threat, and thus releases antibodies.

Food intolerance is much more widespread than food allergy. According to James T. Li, Mayo Clinic allergy and asthma expert, only about four percent of adults have genuine food allergies (see reference 1). Therefore, differentiating food allergies and food intolerance is a fundamental preliminary step to treat milk intolerance symptoms. The following information below shows how to treat milk intolerance symptoms.

Milk Intolerance Symptoms

In order to effective treat milk intolerance, it is important to know the common symptoms. Individuals who are suffering from milk intolerance often experience diarrhea, gas, nausea, abdominal pain. Now, these symptoms are very common, and it is normal for people to feel them when they are sick.

If an individual repeatedly feels these symptoms after drinking milk or any other product, then this is probably a sign of genuine milk intolerance. The patient then has to contact a local doctor to verify if the symptoms are due to milk intolerance.

The doctor will likely perform a hydrogen breath test to very if the patient is actually experiencing milk intolerance symptoms. This is considered to be the most efficient test for milk or lactose intolerance. Before taking the test, do not eat foods that the doctor does not recommend, for that will skew the test results.

Milk Intolerance Treatment

Unfortunately, there are no exact cures for lactose intolerance at the moment; however, it is still possible to treat it. This can be done by restricting the amount of milk and dairy products consumed. Drink milks that are low in fat, because they usually have less lactose.

Diversify eating habits and diets. For example, eat milk or dairy products with solid foods. Some patients have claimed that this method actually works and relieve the symptoms. Try not to eat large increments of lactose-rich foods at once. Instead, eat small quantities of lactose-rich foods each day. This lessen the severity of the symptoms. Substitute milk and lactose-rich products with other foods. For instance, soy milk is an effective alternative for milk.

References:

Mayo Clinic, James T. Li MD, “Food Intolerance Vs. Fool Allergy” Updated June 5, 2009

WebMD, “Milk Intolerance Symptoms” Updated August 3, 2009

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