How is lactose intolerance treated?

Medically Reviewed by Checkmark Medically Reviewed By: Sheela Krishnaswamy

Lactose intolerance is a condition in which a person cannot digest certain sugar called lactose which is present in milk and milk products. As of now, there is no cure for lactose intolerance. The treatment of lactose tolerance differs from person to person. The treatment depends on the cause of lactose intolerance. If it is caused by lactase non-persistence or congenital lactase deficiency, no treatment can increase the amount of lactase your small intestine makes. 

Most commonly, the symptoms of lactose intolerance can be managed by changing the diet to limit or avoid foods and drinks containing lactose, such as milk and milk products. 

In certain cases, the use of ‘Lactase’ can help. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorder states that lactase is an enzyme that breaks down lactose. It comes in the form of tablets and drops. It is taken before the consumption of milk or milk products. The drops can also be added to the milk. The lactase breaks down the lactose in foods and drinks, lowering your chances of having lactose intolerance symptoms. Please consult a doctor before using lactase as children and pregnant & breastfeeding women may not be able to use it.

Alternatively, there are plant based beverages like soy milk and almond milk which can substitute the dairy milk. 

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