Lactose intolerance causes symptoms like bloating, diarrhea, and gas when you eat or drink something that contains lactose, such as milk or milk products. A lack of calcium and vitamin D due to lactose intolerance might have negative effects on your health.
Causes and Symptoms
Lactose intolerance can cause symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea, gas, nausea, and abdominal pain. You can’t digest all the lactose you eat or drink if you have lactose malabsorption, a condition in which your small intestine produces very low lactose levels.
Your doctor will inquire about your symptoms, family and medical history, and dietary habits in order to determine if you have lactose intolerance. It is possible that your doctor will do a physical examination and tests to determine whether you have lactose intolerance or other health issues.
Lactose Intolerance Treatment
Symptoms of lactose intolerance: What can I do about them?
Dietary changes aimed at reducing or eliminating lactose-containing foods and beverages are usually sufficient to control the symptoms of lactose intolerance.
If lactose is an issue for you, you may merely need to limit how much you consume or drink, or you may need to completely avoid it. Some people get relief from their symptoms by using lactase supplements.
Milk products containing lactase
Medications containing lactase, the enzyme that breaks down lactose, are known as lactase products, such as tablets or drops. Lactase tablets can be taken before consuming milk products. Lactase drops can also be added to milk before drinking it. Lactase is a digestive enzyme that breaks down lactose in food and drink, making it less likely that you will get lactose intolerance symptoms as a result.
Lactase products should only be used under the supervision of a physician. Some people, such as children and pregnant women, may be unable to utilize them.
What are the current medical options for treating lactose intolerance?
Lactose intolerance can be treated in a variety of ways, depending on the underlying cause. There are no treatments that can enhance the quantity of lactase your small intestine makes if lactose intolerance is caused by lactase non-persistence or a congenital lactase deficiency. If you’re having trouble controlling your symptoms, talk to your doctor about how you might make dietary adjustments.
Your doctor may be able to treat the injury that caused your lactose intolerance if it is the result of a small intestinal injury. After treatment, you may be able to eat lactose without any problems.
While lactose intolerance can occur in certain premature babies, it normally improves on its own as the child grows bigger.
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