Lactose Intolerance vs a Milk Allergy

glass of milkIs there a difference between being lactose intolerant and being allergic to milk? Are they the similar? In the last post, I discussed what lactose intolerance means and symptoms one may feel when eating dairy products. But being allergic to milk is completely different than being lactose intolerant.

When someone is allergic to milk their body treats the proteins found in milk as “invaders” and causes an allergic reaction. Allergic reactions that happen when one drinks milk are abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, difficulty with breathing, and in severe cases, one’s throat or lips swell. Unlike lactose intolerance, a milk allergy develops ┬áduring the earliest stages of a person’s life. In several cases, lactose intolerance usually develops as one grows older.

Although there are no connections between being lactose intolerant and being allergic to milk, other than those who have these conditions should restrain from consuming dairy products, both of  these conditions should not be taken lightly. Uncomfortable and even serious symptoms can happen when consuming dairy.