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Are Eggs Lactose Free?

According to Drugs.com, eggs are considered lactose-free, if prepared without any dairy products, such as milk or cheese. If you are lactose intolerant, the use of eggs in your diet is safe and will not cause any symptoms. If you develop any adverse reactions after eating eggs, you may have an egg allergy or intolerance. Stop eating eggs if your symptoms persist, until you can be seen by your doctor. If you’re allergic to eggs, you are at greater risk of developing a severe allergic reaction.

Lactose is a sugar found in milk. In order for lactose to be properly digested, your body needs to create lactase, an enzyme that simplifies the lactose into galactose and glucose, according to MedlinePlus. If your body does not produce enough lactase, the lactose will sit undigested in your digestive system until it can be broken down by bacteria. This causes excessive gas and bloating and will result in common lactose intolerant symptoms, such as diarrhea, stomach cramping and nausea.

If you develop symptoms that resemble lactose-intolerance after eating eggs, you may actually have an egg allergy or intolerance. Both conditions will cause gastric symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, bloating, gas and stomach pain. But egg allergy symptoms are not the result of a lactase deficiency. An egg allergy is an abnormal immune reaction to the proteins found in egg whites or yolks. A true egg allergy will affect other parts of your body, such as your lungs, skin and nasal passages. Egg intolerance is a malfunction of the digestive system, according to MayoClinic.com.

If you demonstrate symptoms of an egg allergy or intolerance, your doctor may want to perform certain tests to determine the cause of your symptoms. Skin tests use small amounts of egg proteins that are injected under the skin to see if your skin becomes inflamed or irritated. A sample of your blood may be used to confirm an egg allergy. During a blood test, the doctor observes whether your blood creates immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies when egg proteins are introduced.

If you are lactose intolerant, you should eat a lactose-free diet. Such a meal plan prohibits all dairy, including butter, milk, ice cream and cheese, according to MedlinePlus. You may also use lactose-free dairy products or take a lactase enzyme to prevent lactose intolerant symptoms.

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