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How long should I abstain from milk?

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  • Posted By: overground55
  • September 16, 2013
  • 04:39 AM

I have what I have come to believe is post nasal drip for over a year now, although it hasn't been confirmed by any medical specialist. I am constantly snorting, hacking and coughing throughout each day. every once in a while I'll cough up these stinky white ***** that I believe are called tonsilloliths. some days it seems slightly worse than others, but every day for over a year now I've suffered with this. My question is how to go about handling this. I feel as though it might be I have an allergy to lactose, but I fear the thought of giving up all milk products. What should I do? Should I give up milk to see if thats the cause of my problems? How long must I give it up to know whether its the cause? What if it is the cause? Is there some sort of way I can better handle milk products if they are causing this problem? Thank you to anyone who can share their advice on this matter.

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  • Well firstly, why are you worried about stopping lactose intake? Secondly, there isn't really a set time frame you should go by. The main problem is if you stop the lactose the symptoms may clear up for some other reason leaving you thinking you are lactose intolerant. It's better to go to a professional and they can perform an allergy test. Before you go to them, keep a diary of all lactose containing products and symptoms worsening/easing and take it with you. This way you don't have to stop lactose needlessly and you are less likely to misdiagnose yourself.
    Cnidarian 1 Replies
    • October 3, 2013
    • 05:12 PM
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  • If you have lactose intolerance, symptoms (mainly diarrhea) should disappear or greatly improve in 2-4 days of abstaining from milk in most people. Only in severe lactose intolerance, you would need to avoid other products with small amounts of lactose. Most cheeses, especially hard cheeses contain very little lactose and are usually not a problem.Coughing up white specks could be from chronic tonsillitis. A doctor (GP) should be able to tell if you have a problem with your tonsils or not.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 19, 2013
    • 07:57 PM
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