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Medical History and Physical Exam for Lactose Intolerance
Asking questions about your medical history is an important part of diagnosing lactose intolerance. Your doctor may ask you about:
- Your symptoms and when they occur. To help make a diagnosis, your doctor may ask you to keep track of what and when you eat and the type of symptoms you have.
- Recent illnesses, long-term diseases, or surgeries involving your stomach or intestines.
- Your family history of lactose intolerance.
- Your ethnic background. Most people in the world become somewhat lactose-intolerant as adults. People who have a northern European heritage usually are the exception.
If you think your baby may have lactose intolerance, you may be asked if he or she:
- Has diarrhea often.
- Seems hungry all the time.
- Has gained little or no weight.
- Seems irritable.
The physical exam for lactose intolerance includes examining your belly. You may also be asked to bring in a sample of your stool. The stool of a person who has lactose intolerance is usually loose or watery. It also can be foamy.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology|
|Last Revised||July 19, 2011|
|By:||Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: July 19, 2011|
|Medical Review:||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology
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