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Lactose intolerance

Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose, the sugar found in milk and milk products. Learn more about treatment, symptoms and tests for lactose intolerance.

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Lactose intolerance treatments

Information about lactose intolerance treatments, and how to reduce the amount of dairy products while also making sure you get enough calcium.

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What causes lactose intolerance?

Lactose intolerance occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough lactase, the enzyme that breaks down lactose in the intestine. Here’s some common causes.

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Allergic reactions to cow's milk

About 1 in 50 infants has an allergic reaction to cow’s milk. Learn more here about allergy to milk proteins.

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Flatulence

Flatulence is the passing of air or gas from the intestine and through the anus, often accompanied by a sound and smell. Read more about flatulence.

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Bloating

Bloating – feeling that you have a swollen tummy – is common, but if you feel bloated regularly, you should see your doctor. Learn more about the causes here.

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Underlying causes of diarrhoea

Diarrhoea usually occurs when fluid cannot be absorbed from your bowel contents, or when extra fluid is secreted into the bowel. Find out what causes diarrhoea.

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Dairy foods

Dairy foods such as milk, yoghurt and cheese are rich sources of many vitamins and minerals, including calcium, which is essential to bone health.

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects the colon and while it’s not dangerous, the symptoms can be uncomfortable. Learn how to manage the symptoms here.

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Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea may last for just a few days, or it might be a sign of something more serious. Find out here about causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments.

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