Symptoms of dairy intolerance commonly include:
Constipation or diarrhoea
Bloating and indigestion
Consistently runny or blocked nose
Recurrent sinusitis or chest infections
Skin conditions such as eczema, acne or rash
Headaches, tiredness, nausea
Symptoms can start immediately or take up to 72 hours to manifest. Sufferers may show only one or several of these symptoms as there is a large variation in the degree of intolerance. Some people may only be slightly intolerant and can cope with small quantities of dairy, whilst others only feel well when they totally avoid dairy products.
Are lactose intolerance and dairy intolerance the same thing?
No. Lactose is the name of the type of sugar found in some milks. Some people are only lactose intolerant and others are intolerant to the proteins in milk.
Our test checks your reaction to milk proteins and will confirm whether or not you have a type III dairy intolerance. Lactose intolerance, by contrast, is caused by not having enough of the enzyme Lactase which is needed to break down lactose (the sugar found in milk and other dairy products). Lactose-free milk does not contain any milk sugar, but still includes the normal protein content. Therefore, a positive reaction in our test indicates that you may have an incompatibility with the milk protein content in milk even if the milk itself is lactose free. In this case, you likely have a type III intolerance to dairy products, but this does not necessarily mean you are lactose intolerant.
How is dairy intolerance treated?
The simplest solution for managing dairy intolerance is to maintain a dairy-free diet. However, it is important to positively identify exactly which food is causing the reaction because the milk protein Casein is now included in hundreds of processed foods, including:
- coffee whiteners
- breath mints
- protein bars and powders
- salad dressings
- baby formula
- dessert toppings
How do I find out whether I have a dairy intolerance?
Intolerance testing is the key.
Taking a Food Intolerance Test enables you to eliminate uncertainty and confirm whether or not you have food intolerance. The right test can detect whether a food intolerance is present. It is possible to have a Type III IgG allergy or intolerance to certain foods and additives without your knowledge; you may be experiencing any one of a number of symptoms, whilst remaining totally oblivious to the cause.
When we have your test results from our laboratory we will create your personalised diet rotation plan that our Nutritionist will explain to you.
As you embark on your new meal plan this will give you the freedom and confidence to enjoy food without digestive discomfort.
Why is testing the best way to find out if you have dairy intolerance?
We offer 2 levels of testing – the IP-300 is the most comprehensive IgG test available, covering 270 foods and the IP-100 covering 90 food types.
Testing is an easy, fast method of pinpointing exactly which foods are causing a reaction. This way, you have a clear guideline to begin eliminating only those foods that are causing your symptoms, rather than having to maintain a strict diet that eliminates entire food groups.
If you suspect that you may be suffering from dairy intolerance and would like to discuss the best testing option for you, please call us on