Lactose Intolerance

The inability to digest the sugar (lactose) present in milk and milk products is called lactose intolerance. If a lactose intolerant person drinks or eats dairy products, it results in diarrhea, gas, and bloating. It is caused when the small intestine does not produce enough lactase, which is the enzyme needed to digest lactose.

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Can lactose intolerance cause acid reflux?

Query: Hello doctor, I drink two pints milk a day with a protein shake but since then I have got acid reflux and cannot swallow without food getting stuck in my throat. Endoscopy was done last year which was normal. Is it intolerance to milk or lactose that is causing this? Also, is it safe to take Raniti...  Read Full »

Dr. Srinivasan Thama Venkatesan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to To answer your first question regarding lactose intolerance, lactose intolerance will cause predominantly bloating and loose stools. Both Ranitidine and Lansoprazole have a different mechanism of action, taking one class of drugs for reducing your dyspeptic symptoms are...  Read Full »

I have been suffering from abdominal cramping, chronic diarrhea, frequent urination, and bloating for quite some time. What could this be?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from abdominal cramping, chronic diarrhea, gas, and bloating for quite some time. I also seem to pee quite frequently (once every hour or so). I tried using various diets and focusing on eating certain types of foods. Vegetables do not digest well in my stomach, as w...  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Does a specific type of diet seem to help? I am trying to rule out gluten intolerance or lactose intolerance here, so it would be helpful to know if you have noticed any connection between eating these items and having a diarrhoeal episode or...  Read Full »

How to help my mother presenting with loose motion of 11 times a day for 2 months?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is 70 years old. She has been suffering from loose motion for the last two months. She is going the toilet 9 to 11 times a day. Most of the time, her stool is watery. From 2 AM, she starts going toilet 6 to 7 times till 10 AM, and then from 2 PM to 6 PM, she goes toilet five tim...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Dear, she may be suffering from chronic diarrhea, which may be due to the following: 1. Chronic infection (bacillary or amebic dysentery). 2. Lactose intolerance. 3. Ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease. 4. Gluten sensitivity. 5. Malabsorption syndromes. 6. Fungal o...  Read Full »

What is the cause for yeast infection, gluten and lactose intolerance?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30- years-old female. I have yeast infection and intolerance to gluten, lactose nuts, and other few things. I can not eat anything as everything hurts me. If I consume tea, some times I will have diarrhea, the other time I will become tired and have a high heart rate.  Read Full »

Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I need more information. Yeast infection of which site? What are the symptoms of infection? How do you know about the infection? Kindly provide answers for quality consultation. Regarding gluten intolerance. How do you know? If you have any investigation? What is t...  Read Full »

Why do I feel lethargic, and am I not able to digest milk and ghee?

Query: Hi doctor, My left nose has been blocked for a few years and some thin material is coming out of it. I am always feeling tired. I cannot digest ghee, milk and my stomach always feels empty. My body heat level is high and I am sweating more. I am also losing weight and getting thin. My blood report a...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please share with me if you have been having abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Also, please let me know if you have the similar symptoms when you eat yogurt and cheese. I think you are having lactose intolerance. That is causing malabsorption of the important multiv...  Read Full »

Why do I pass gas frequently on drinking milk or tea?

Query: Hi,I have a problem with frequently passing gas. I feel I have a weak stomach. I have had this problem for the past seven years. My current medications are Nexium 40 mg and Metronidazole 400 mg. But these medicines have not helped me. I have also tried Pantocid I in the past. Please suggest medicine...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I understand you have taken metronidazole. Do you have a history of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection? Also, I wanted to know if you have tried avoiding lactose-containing products? How long have you had the symptoms now? Thank you.  Read Full »

I have mild scratchiness on my tongue and mouth. Is this due to veganism?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been on a vegan diet for the last five years. I tried a dairy product on a vacation and noticed a mild scratchiness on my tongue and mouth at some instances. I was able to eat different kinds of dairy products but I had gastrointestinal disturbances. I again started a vegan die...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As I understand you are having this issue everytime you consume dairy products. Other than the mentioned symptoms, are there any other symptoms like bloating, gas, loose stools, or pain while passing stools? Kindly revert for further queries. Regards.  Read Full »

How to overcome intolerance to sugar and lactose?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 71 year old male, and I am allergic to sugar and eating preparations containing sugar. If I consume sugary substances, I develop internal bleeding in the intestinal tract I presume. But I can tolerate fruits; they cause no problem. I am having this problem for the last 15 years. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have reviewed your health query and can understand well that you are worried about your health due to sugar intolerance. Unfortunately, this is where you cannot do much to cure completely. Only thing we can do is to avoid direct intake of sugar. Now you are also intoler...  Read Full »

My son passes motion immediately after eating any food. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 1 year 9 months old. He had severe diarrhea when he was 6 months old. After that, his stomach became very sensitive with chronic indigestion and poor weight gain. He is around 10 kg. His birth weight was 2.7 kg. His diet is very restricted and limited. I give baby formula, r...  Read Full »

Dr. Amit Kumar Modi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Try modifying the child's diet to home-based diet that includes cereals, pulses, vegetables, and fruits. Do not give products like biscuits, chips, and chocolates. You have already investigated for celiac. Now, you can get stool pH and fecal reducing substance tests...  Read Full »

What is the best treatment for milk and dairy allergy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am allergic to milk and sweets. I cannot eat more than one piece of a sweet, and immediately after eating, I have nausea, my stomach feels odd, and I vomit eventually. The same happens with the milk and chocolate. If I take them, I will start to itch immediately. It will be itching a...  Read Full »

Dr. Prathish Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your symptoms. They suggest that you are probably suffering from an allergy to milk and milk products. In that case, you need to avoid milk and milk products. You can substitute it with non-dairy products made from soy, coconut, almond...  Read Full »

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