Lactose Intolerance Symptoms

Lactose Intolerance Symptoms & Signs: Causes Of Allergies & Common Allergies Of Lactose & Milk.

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Lactose is the sugar in milk that is made from other sugars, glucose and galactose.

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The body's intestines can absorb these two sugars so they must be first broken down into glucose and galactose. 

Lactose Intolerance Causes

Lactose intolerance happens when the body cannot properly break down lactose. This is caused by an absence of lactase (lactase deficiency/hypolactasia) and may occur for one of three reasons: Congenital, Secondary or Developmental.

Congenital

Lactase deficiency happens at birth. This means that a baby cannot produce enough lactase to break lactose down.

Secondary

Secondary lactase deficiency is caused by a disease that affects or compromises the integrity of the small intestine's lining.

Developmental

Developmental lactase deficiency starts after childhood and is carried through adulthood. This is the most common form of lactose intolerance symptoms. We need to understand that lactose intolerance is not the same as lactase deficiency. You can still have less lactase and not have symptoms after eating dairy or drinking cow's milk.

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Race also plays a factor. Some studies suggest that Asians (up to 90%) have a much higher lactose intolerance than those of European descent (about 5%). Spanish seem to a bit higher, about 15%.

Lactose Intolerance Symptoms

These symptoms can manifest themselves within a few minutes (most of the time) to a few hours after eating dairy products or drinking milk. Here's a short list of lactose intolerance food symptoms to get you pointed in the right direction:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Itchy Throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swollen lips and tongue
  • Itching
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Swelling and inflammation of other parts of the body
  • Stomach cramps
  • Fever
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In severe cases the victim can get Anaphylaxis shock which is very dangerous. It's a life-threatening emergency that requires immediate medical attention. Many times those that are susceptible to Anaphylaxis shock will carry epinephrine, sometimes called an EpiPen.

This gives the person a shot of adrenaline and offers enough time to get him to the emergency room. Anaphylaxis symptoms can include:

  • Difficulty in breathing. The victim may have a swollen throat or airway making it difficult to breathe.
  • Stomach pain
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Severe drop in blood pressure
  • Lightheadedness 
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Facial flush

Lactose Intolerance Diagnosis

If you suspect that you or your child exhibit dairy or milk allergy symptoms it's important to see your doctor or allergist. Your doctor will be able to confirm a diagnosis by using a performing a:

Lactose Tolerance Test which measures the amount of glucose you have in your blood about 2 hours after drinking a high level dose of lactose. 

Hydrogen Breath Test measures the amount of hydrogen in your breath after ingesting a high dose of lactose. Higher levels of hydrogen in your breath means you're not properly processing lactose. 

Stool Acidity Test is normally reserved for children and babies who can't do the other tests. Lactic acid can be detected in a stool sample.

If you're on a lactose intolerance diet these are the foods and products to carefully watch:

  • Alcohol with creamy liquors
  • Baked goods
  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Candy
  • Cereals
  • Cheese
  • Cookies
  • Crackers
  • Cream sauces
  • Cream soups
  • Creams
  • Curds
  • Custard
  • Dry milk solids
  • Granola bars
  • Ice cream
  • Ice milk
  • Instant coffee
  • Margarine
  • Medications such as birth control pills. Also prescription and over the counter.
  • Milk
  • Milk by-products
  • Milk chocolate
  • Nonfat dry milk
  • Pancake mixes
  • Potato chips
  • Processed meats
  • Protein bars
  • Pudding
  • Salad dressings
  • Sherbet
  • Snacks
  • Waffles
  • Whey (powdered, shakes)
  • Yogurt

If you think you have exhibited lactose intolerance symptoms or other symptoms of a food allergy, it's best to talk to your doctor or allergist. Another avenue is a chiropractor who practices Applied Kinesiology or muscle testing.

These kinds of food allergy symptoms can be potentially life threatening due to Anaphylactic shock so it's best to get professional help. The doctor, allergist, or chiropractor can perform a series of tests to determine the root cause of the allergy and treat it accordingly. 

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