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07 Mar 2003

Dairy products ???
Hi DietDoc,
Is it possible for an adult to become allergic to dairy products? Lately I find that if I drink milk in the morning (I take Buildup) then I suffer terribly with flatulence during the day. So much so that it's actually extremely uncomfortable. Same thing seems to happen if I eat All Bran with milk. It seems slightly better if I use 2% milk. I suppose skimmed milk is my last hope !

Regards
Dean
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Dean
If you are really allergic to milk then drinking skimmed milk will not help because it is either the sugar in milk (lactose) or one of the proteins that causes these reactions, not the fat. Yes, adults can develop milk allergy/sensitivity or intolerance. It is very important to have tests done to determine if you are actually allergic to milk or some other food (e.g. fibre in the All Bran and/or Buildup, etc). Self-diagnosis is not helpful and can lead to deficiencies, so have those tests and then we can see what you need to do to your diet.
Regards
DietDoc
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