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How do you get tested for a dairy allergy or lactose intolerance?

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First your doctor will ask you about your medical history to understand your symptoms and how your body reacts to dairy foods. Then you’ll be tested to confirm whether it’s lactose intolerance or a dairy allergy.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: “Anaphylaxis,” “Anaphylaxis Quiz.”

Food Allergy Research & Education: “Milk Allergy,” “About Anaphylaxis,” “Blood Tests.”

Mayo Clinic: “Lactose intolerance,” “Milk allergy.”

MedlinePlus: “Lactose intolerance.”

UptoDate: “Milk allergy: Clinical features and diagnosis.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: “Anaphylaxis,” “Anaphylaxis Quiz.”

Food Allergy Research & Education: “Milk Allergy,” “About Anaphylaxis,” “Blood Tests.”

Mayo Clinic: “Lactose intolerance,” “Milk allergy.”

MedlinePlus: “Lactose intolerance.”

UptoDate: “Milk allergy: Clinical features and diagnosis.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 25, 2019

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