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Lactose Intolerance

Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance means that your body can't digest lactose, a sugar found in dairy products. It causes gas, belly pain, and bloating. You can reduce the discomfort by avoiding milk products, using reduced-lactose products, or taking a supplement that helps you digest lactose.

Lactose intolerance isn't the same as a milk allergy.

Last Revised: June 28, 2013

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology

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