When To Call a Professional?
As soon as feel that you develop symptoms after eating dairy products, call your doctor to discuss the possibility that you might have lactose intolerance. Although this condition is not dangerous, it can be distressing. There are effective treatments available, so there is no need to suffer.
Lactose intolerance symptoms often are much similar to some other diseases, so it’s important that your doctor correctly diagnoses you before removing milk and dairy products from your life.
For example, all known lactose intolerance symptoms can also be caused by:
- irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – a long-term disorder that affects the digestive system
- milk protein intolerance – an adverse reaction to the protein in milk from cows (not the same as a milk allergy)(link)
Some specialists recommend at first avoiding milk and dairy products for 2 weeks to see if your symptoms improve.