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Allergic To Dairy Or Lactose Intolerant?

So do you know if you're allergic to dairy or are you lactose intolerant? If you're saying "no" to cream sauces, cheesecake, milkshakes, cheesy lasagna, and other scrumptious foods with dairy in them you are most likely suffering from one of these two medical conditions. Every time you go out to eat or have dinner with friends, you have to be extremely careful about what foods you ingest so that you don't have to pay the price in bloating, gas, and cramping later. Many people associate dairy with lactose intolerance, but some people are actually allergic to dairy, not intolerant of it. If consuming milk or other dairy products cause headaches, mucus in your lungs, sore, raw throat or respiratory problems, you probably considered the thought that you may be allergic to milk.

However, if consuming milk and other dairy products causes you to experience gas, diarrhea, abdominal cramps or other lower and sometimes embarrassing gastrointestinal problems, then based on those symptoms you're probably not suffering from an allergy, but just may be suffering from a condition called lactose intolerance.

To pinpoint your condition, keep track of your symptoms. Usually, an allergy is characterized by upper respiratory problems, such as excessive mucus production and/or a sore throat. Lactose intolerance is centered in the gastrointestinal tract, causing, bloating, and gas, cramps and possibly diarrhea.

When you first suspect that you might be allergic to dairy products, you should do two things. First, if the symptoms are bearable, keep track of your symptoms and how long they take to occur after eating dairy foods or drinking dairy liquids. Keep in mind that some foods may contain dairy you wouldn't guess was there, so read labels carefully. Second, discuss with your medical practitioner your record of symptoms and eating habits. She or he will be able to identify your patterns and associate them with either an allergic reaction or lactose intolerance.

If you are suffering from lactose intolerance, on the other hand, it is a distinctly different condition that triggers the various set of symptoms mentioned above.

So you know to see your family physician if it's an allergy but what do you do if you've come to the realization that you're one of the 50 million or so other people who are lactose intolerant? You research the Internet for a solution to lactose intolerance.

Whether you're allergic to milk or lactose intolerant it's important for you realize that you're not alone and that you have options.

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