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Lactose Intolerance

Milk allergy or milk sensitivity is also known as lactose intolerance. People suffering from this condition experience variety of symptoms, such as abdominal pain, colic, diarrhea or constipation, heartburn or skin reactions. Many patients also complain about ear infections, recurrent cold, asthma, headaches, and irritability.

Lactose intolerance patients can’t metabolize sugar found in milk and dairy products called lactose, because of the lack of enzyme lactase. The condition is widely spread, and some studies show that almost 75% of adult people all around the world suffer from some form of milk intolerance.

Dairy Products and Milk Intolerance

Patients suffering from lactose intolerance sometimes can use milk products. Symptoms of the milk allergy might be minimized if you use just small portions of milk. Some specialists recommend maximum 118ml (4 ounces) of milk to be used every day, especially with the meals. Different kinds of dairy products contain more or less lactose. Yogurt, kefir and other probiotics might be good for you, because the bacteria in those drinks break the lactose. Also, you might look for dairy products labeled to contain smaller amounts of lactose or are completely lactose free.

There are also OTC (over-the-counter) lactase tablets made to help you digest milk and dairy products. Some of the patients with milk intolerance may find them suitable.

Be careful and always check the list of the ingredients on the back of all products you use. Some prepared foods usually contain lactose, as well as some medication. If you are lactose intolerant, inform you doctor and pharmacist about it.

Patients suffering from lactose intolerance may need to increase the intake of other food rich in calcium, such as milk substitutes, tofu, almonds, leafy vegetables, canned salmon, oranges and pinto beans.

Homeopathic Remedies

Many lactose intolerance cases were cured using homeopathy. Homeopathic practitioners may use more than 75 different medicines to help the patient suffering from this condition.

Abdominal gases and tiredness caused by lactose intolerance are sometimes treated with calcarea fluorica.

Aethusa is used in cases of congenital lack of lactase. Children usually suffer from weight loss, colic and milk vomits.

Aethusa cynapium may be used to treat the constipation caused by milk. Often, in these patients indigestion is accompanied with focus problems and poor circulation.

Apis is used to treat anaphylactic reaction to milk. This is a serious shock caused by lactose allergy, and patients might experience breathing problems, urticaria, swelling, redness and itching.

Carbo vegetabilis can be helpful in cases of abdominal pain and distended abdomen.

Magnesia muriaticum is suitable for patients with frequent headaches and chronic symptoms of milk intolerance. These people have suffered from abandonment in the past and often feel sad and isolated. Also, they tend to compromise whenever they can which make them known as peacemakers.

Patients that respond to milk with diarrhea and abdominal bloating and pain could be treated with sulphur. Usually, these people are selfish and egocentric, and could be too lazy to work.

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