Lactose-free learning curve

Until now, I never truly had an understanding of the impact of not being able to consume something. The only thing I’d grown up being allergic to was something called Perkin’s Paste, no idea what it is as I was 4 years old the last I recall seeing it.

Now, being either dairy or lactose intolerant, I’m thinking the former, I’m truly coming to grips with the fact this doesn’t just mean you can’t drink milk. I’m now quickly learning of the need to:

  • Check my food labels for containing lactose
  • Ask whether medications, vitamins etc I purchase contain lactose
  • When eating out, be sure to go for dairy-free option now

It is interesting with regards medications and vitamins, in particular calcium tablets I need to take, as so many include lactose. I was first alerted on Wednesday evening when querying about antihistamine tablets, all contained lactose with exception of one brand. Tonight, I had to return to my pharmacist to have them exchange two medications I purchased for lactose-free alternates; it took my pharmacist some effort to locate lactose-free alternates, again one only of each.

I hope once these replacement medications arrive Monday afternoon the constant itching I’m currently experiencing may then begin to disappear. At least I’m gradually feeling more informed about this.

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