| What treatments
or cures are there for lactose intolerance and milk allergies?
First of all it is very important
to confirm if you suffer from lactose intolerance or a milk allergy.
They are two different causes and require different attention.
For lactose intolerance one needs
to avoid the intake of food products containing lactose. On the
other hand milk allergy is an immunity problem - where the immune
system recognizes the milk protein as a harmful agent and hence
if you are not sure what you have. Some people might suffer from
both or even more food allergies including milk.
|How is lactose intolerance treated?
Prevention is better
than cure is what the wise say, and in this case this proves to
be very right because there is no cure for lactose intolerance for
However, luckily lactose intolerance
is relatively easy to treat. Symptoms can be controlled through
diet as at the moment there is no existing treatment to improve
the body's ability to produce lactase. Young children with lactase
deficiency should not consume any foods containing lactose (for
a list of foods containing hidden lactose click here). In general
older children and adults need not avoid lactose completely, but
individuals can handle different amounts of lactose . For instance,
John may suffer symptoms after drinking a small glass of milk,
while Rose can drink one glass but not two. Some persons may be
able to tolerate certain products containing lactose but not others.
This is a learning process for each individual and it is only
by trial and error to find out what and how much exactly one is
able to handle products containing lactose.
One can buy products that do not
contain lactose. Supermarkets sell many products that can improve
one's life without the risk of consuming lactose. One can find
many non-dairy products including butter, yoghourt, ‘cream', and
of coarse Soya milk. This milk contains all of the nutrients including
calcium, found in regular milk. One can buy unsweetened Soya-milk
or sweetened, usually with fructose. Please make sure that when
you are shopping for non lactose food products you do not forget
to look for the other ingredients that contain hidden lactose
as otherwise you might get symptoms anyway. Make sure you have
a copy of the list for the hidden products.
is milk allergy treated?
Unfortunately there is no cure
for allergies. This leaves us with the second option i.e. control.
Allergies can be controlled if we take the right medication and
avoid the substances that cause our immunity to react against
- being milk proteins, dust-mite, latex or what ever..
Allergies can appear at any time
of the life. A baby can be born with an allergy or an adult can
develop an allergy without an explanation. This is quite true
in some pregnant woman who during pregnancy they develop an allergy
against some food, such as seafood. This is probably caused by
the high immunoglobulin levels in the blood (immunoglobulins are
the proteins that act against the intruders such as bacteria).
Although both are difficult to
cure the allergy, in many cases the person can outgrow the allergy
and starts to disappear. This happens when the body start to learn
that what is causing the allergy, i.e. the allergen, is harmless.
In some cases immunologists suggest that the person should start
to introduce minute amounts of the allergen (for instance milk,
in this case to allow the body to learn to accept it before creating
As in all cases of allergies, the
most effective treatment is avoidance of the allergen, which in
this case is found in milk. One should watch the recipes of dishes
consumed in restaurants or at parties (click here for a list of
hidden milk products). Another important issue is the added E-Numbers
(E-colours) in food. Some of them act as allergens to some people,
see a list of them and watch those which may contain milk products.
Antihistamine drugs are
very effective in calming down the reactions caused by the allergy,
such as itching. Antihistamine is a sedative drug therefore it
sends the user in deep sleep. This is to the advantage of the
sufferer as it stops the person from itching in cases of skin
eczema. Other drugs, such as sodium cromoglycate and corticosteroid
drugs can be take regularly to prevent symptoms from developing.
Creams containing corticosteroids are useful for eczema but prolonged
use of them may damage the skin.
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