Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Lactose Allergy Treatment

The treatment for lactose intolerance usually includes avoiding milk, dairy products, and foods that contain lactose. Additional treatment for lactose intolerance may include calcium supplements and lactase enzyme supplements.

The treatment options for lactose intolerance include:

  • Avoid dairy products.
    • Prehydrolyzed milk (Lactaid) is available and is effective.
    • Yogurt is better tolerated than regular milk
    • Soy based mild is well tolerated
  • Avoid foods that contain lactose.
  • Calcium supplements
  • Lactase enzyme for lactose intolerance:
    • Lactase enzymes (LACTAID, Dairy Ease, Lactrase)

Lactose Allergy Infants

The treatment of lactose intolerance in infants includes:

  • Provide soy formula

Lactose Allergy Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for lactose intolerance.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Lactose Allergy Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat lactose intolerance:

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Last Updated: Dec 17, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Lactose Allergy References
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