Medical History and Physical Exam for Lactose Intolerance
Asking questions about your medical history is an important part of
lactose intolerance. Your doctor may ask you
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.
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
Has diarrhea often.
all the time.
Has gained little or no weight.
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
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