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What information do you need to give to treat lactose intolerance?

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To treat lactose intolerance, you’ll need to give a little more information, such as:

  • Your family history
  • A physical exam
  • A hydrogen breath test. Undigested lactose in your body gives off high levels of hydrogen. During the test, you drink a beverage that has lactose, then blow air into a special bag. A lab tests your breath to look for the gas.

From: Is It IBS or Lactose Intolerance? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Intro to IBS.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Lactose Intolerance.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Lactose Intolerance.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Lactose Intolerance,” “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

IBSClinic.org: “The Brain-Gut Connection.”

WomensHealth.gov: “Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) fact sheet.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Changes You Should Not Ignore if You Have IBS.”

NHS: “Lactose Intolerance - Treatment.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 4, 2018

SOURCES:

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Intro to IBS.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Lactose Intolerance.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Lactose Intolerance.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Lactose Intolerance,” “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

IBSClinic.org: “The Brain-Gut Connection.”

WomensHealth.gov: “Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) fact sheet.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Changes You Should Not Ignore if You Have IBS.”

NHS: “Lactose Intolerance - Treatment.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 4, 2018

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