(HealthDay News) -- Lactose is a sugar found in milk and other dairy products that some people have difficulty digesting.

The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse offers these suggestions for managing lactose intolerance:

  • For some people, slowly adding and gradually increasing the amount of dairy products can help overcome lactose intolerance. Amounts of dairy products consumed vary by person, depending on when symptoms return.
  • Opt for lower-lactose dairy foods such as hard cheeses and yogurt.
  • Use lactose-free milk and dairy products.
  • Over-the-counter tablets or drops may help aid lactose digestion and minimize symptoms.