Lactose is a sugar that is in milk and milk products. Some people do not make enough of an enzyme called lactase, which digests lactose. When this happens it can cause gas, belly pain, diarrhea, and bloating. This is called lactose intolerance. This is not the same as food allergy to milk.
With planning, you can avoid lactose and still eat a tasty and nutritious diet and get enough calcium to maintain healthy bones. Your doctor and dietitian will help you design a diet based on your level of lactose intolerance and what you like to eat. Always talk with your doctor or dietitian before you make changes in your diet.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: April 3, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology
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