lactose intolerance and milk allergy

Here you can read about the difference between lactose intolerance and milk allergy. These two problems can go together, but there is the difference between these two.

Lactose Intolerance

This condition can be defined as the inability of one’s body to digest lactose. This problem occurs when there is not enough lactase in the small intestine. This enzyme helps digesting lactose and if it is not produced by the body, lactose will remain undigested. This can result in symptoms like nausea, abdominal discomfort, vomiting, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems. These symptoms are not very severe and they can be prevented.

People who have lactose intolerance should not eat any foods that contain milk. Dairy products and other foods that contain milk (even small amounts of it) must be avoided.

Milk Allergy

If a person is allergic to milk, he/she will have adverse reaction to some protein components of milk. These proteins can belong to either whey or casein group of milk proteins, but one can be allergic to any of those. Casein group of proteins cannot be destroyed by heating, so they remain in milk. This means that people who are allergic to milk cannot consume it at all, even if it is boiled. Milk allergy is more likely to occur in children, but it can occur in people of any age. Milk allergy is not very common.

Milk Allergy Symptoms

Milk allergy symptoms can start immediately after drinking milk, or they can appear some time after consuming milk. Some people start having the symptoms several days after drinking milk. This is why it is very difficult to tell if someone is allergic to milk. The symptoms are:

–          Vomiting

–          Nausea

–          Abdominal cramps

–          Diarrhea

–          Skin rash/eczema

As we said, these symptoms do not necessarily occur right after drinking milk. In some people, the can start a few minutes after consuming milk. The eczema is the first one to appear.

Some people start having the symptoms a few hours after milk intake. These symptoms usually include diarrhea and/or vomiting.

Others can experience the first symptoms of milk allergy several days after milk intake. They usually have diarrhea, but other symptoms can occur, too.

Special tests are used in diagnosing milk allergy. If your child has any of these symptoms after consuming milk, you can take him/her to your doctor and see if it is milk allergy. This allergy cannot be treated with any medication. The only way to avoid the symptoms is to avoid milk and milk-based products. Any milk has to be avoided, even soymilk, so as all other foods that contain any kind of milk.

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