How is lactose intolerance treated?

Lactose intolerance is easily treated. The goal of treatment is to control symptoms through dietary changes.

People with lactose intolerance can usually find a level of lactose-containing foods that will not produce symptoms. You can learn through trial and error what amount and type of lactose-containing products you can tolerate.

In addition, you may try consuming small amounts of milk or dairy products with meals because lactose may be better tolerated when eaten with other foods. You may be better able to tolerate certain dairy products that contain lower amounts of lactose, including cheese, yogurt and cottage cheese.

The lactase enzyme in liquid or tablet form is available for purchase. No prescription is needed. Take the enzyme with the lactose-containing food. Lactase will help digest the lactose so the body can absorb it.

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