Antibiotics & Allergies Specialist Albertville AL

While we tend to think of allergies and asthma as involving mainly the respiratory system, this research suggests the microbes in the gut play a role, too.

Charles Elson, MD
(205) 934-6060
2000 6th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
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Allergy & Immunology
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Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1968

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Robert Otis Harris III, MD
Mobile, AL
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Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
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Richard A Walker
(205) 933-5781
1717 11th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
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Susann Kircher, MD
(205) 995-9941
1200 Providence Park # 100
Birmingham, AL
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Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med, Mobile Al 36688
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Leonard Joseph Caputo
(251) 304-0042
548 Boulevard Park W
Mobile, AL
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(256) 382-0070
4021 Balmoral Dr Sw
Huntsville, AL
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Leonard Joseph Caputo, MD
(251) 626-4070
27625 US Highway 98
Daphne, AL
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Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
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Veena Rajashekhar, MD
(334) 794-2718
1276 Westgate Pkwy
Dothan, AL
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Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
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Hospital: Southeast Alabama Med Ctr, Dothan, Al
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(301) 656-9154
303 Williams Ave SW Ste 721
Huntsville, AL
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Allergy & Immunology, Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1972
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Hospital: Huntsville Hosp-West, Huntsville, Al
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4030 Pepperwood Cir Sw
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Antibiotics: The Road to Allergies and Asthma?

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The rates of allergies and asthma have skyrocketed in the past 40 years, for reasons that have been frustratingly unclear. Now it turns out that the rise of another phenomenon—the use of antibiotics—may hold a clue. A study from the University of Michigan Medical School has found that antibiotics seem to prime the immune system to overreact to substances it could just as well ignore.

When the Michigan team gave mice a five-day course of antibiotics, the animals showed the same effect seen in humans: an upset in the balance of yeast and other microbes in the gut. The researchers then exposed the mice to several common allergens. The mice given antibiotics were hypersensitive to them, while the other mice had a normal immune response.

While we tend to think of allergies and asthma as involving mainly the respiratory system, this research suggests the microbes in the gut play a role, too.

The results support part of the “hygiene hypothesis,” which holds that modern societies are too sanitary—when you’re not exposed to very many bugs, your immune system has a hard time telling the difference between a harmless substance (like pollen) and a dangerous toxin, so it’s likely to overreact.

And the findings provide yet another reason to encourage the growth of “good” bacteria in our bellies. To do that, Gary Huffnagle, who worked on the study, recommends a diet rich in fiber and active-cultured yogurt and low in refined carbs and sugar. “It’s a good idea to do this even when you’re not taking antibiotics,” he says. And if you do need to take the drugs, he advises taking probiotics afterward. Your nose, as well as your stomach, will thank you.

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