Lactose intolerance is a condition where the body can’t properly digest lactose, the sugar found in milk and dairy products. Lactose intolerance symptoms are very similar to those of bowel diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease and colitis. But the cause, diagnosis and treatment are different.
Like patients with an irritable bowel disease, people who are lactose intolerant suffer uncomfortable symptoms including:
Diarrhea Nausea, occasional vomiting Abdominal cramps Bloating Gas
But unlike irritable bowel diseases, which can be traced to a variety of causes, lactose intolerance occurs specifically when a person’s small intestine doesn’t produce enough of