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Lactose "intolerance"?

I don't know anyone that has been diagnosed as lactose intolerant.  To my knowledge, people are unable to digest the lactate in milk, and it typically causes GI upset.  I don't have GI upset, but every time I have milk, ice cream, etc, I get extremely phlegm-y.  For at least an hour.  It's mostly annoying because I feel like I'm clearing my throat ever 30 seconds, and then feels like I'm gagging or choking on the phlegm.  Any ideas as to whether this could be an allergy or intolerance?
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Re: Lactose "intolerance"?

  • OMG, the same thing happens to me, even if I have whey protein powder.

    I'll be awaiting to see if anyone knows anything.

  • Sounds more like an allergy
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  • This happens to my ds2, he is allergic to milk protien (found out with a blood test).  I would reccomend going to the doc and asking for a blood allergy test.

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    This happens to my ds2, he is allergic to milk protien (found out with a blood test).  I would reccomend going to the doc and asking for a blood allergy test.

    Ditto this.  I am allergic to wheat and that was how I found out.  I couldn't stand the phlemy-ness anymore and went to the doc who referred me to an allergist. 

  • It isn't an allergy; it's just what milk does.  It increases the viscosity of mucus, which means that you're more aware of it in your throat.

    Your lungs normally make over a cup of mucus a day which is propelled up into your throat and normally swallowed.  Because it's thin, you don't notice it.  When it thickens up, you can tell its there.

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    It isn't an allergy; it's just what milk does.  It increases the viscosity of mucus, which means that you're more aware of it in your throat.

    Your lungs normally make over a cup of mucus a day which is propelled up into your throat and normally swallowed.  Because it's thin, you don't notice it.  When it thickens up, you can tell its there.

    I think what we have is an increased mucus brought on by milk, and also wheat for me.  I know milk does increase mucus in people, but not everyone ends up in the bathroom caughing their guts out.  I'll consider the allergy idea, but I am the only one in the family that it happens to so it is not really normal for me.

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