Antibiotics & Allergies Specialist Dubuque IA

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.

Hidayat Ahmad Khan, MD
(563) 584-4483
1500 Associates Dr
Dubuque, IA
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Allergy & Immunology
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Medical School: Nishtar Med Coll, Bahuddin Zakaria Univ, Multan, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1969

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Thomas James Benda Jr, MD
(563) 588-0506
310 N Grandview Ave
Dubuque, IA
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Otolaryngology, Allergy
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1987
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Hospital: Finley Hosp, Dubuque, Ia; Mercy Med Ctr -St Josephs, Dubuque, Ia
Group Practice: Dubuque Otolaryngology

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Dennis Wayne Rajtora, MD
(608) 348-6266
1240 Big Jack Rd
Platteville, WI
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Allergy & Immunology
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Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1969

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(563) 332-7677
5515 Utica Ridge Rd Ste 600
Davenport, IA
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Allergy & Immunology
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1212 Pleasant St
Des Moines, IA
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Allergy / Immunology

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Hyder Ali Khan
(563) 584-4485
1500 Associates Dr
Dubuque, IA
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Allergy / Immunology

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Reza Ehtessabian, MD
(563) 589-9700
1000 Langworthy St
Dubuque, IA
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Allergy & Immunology
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Medical School: Teheran Univ, Fac Of Med, Teheran, Iran
Graduation Year: 1967

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John Karl Kammermeyer
(319) 354-7014
404 E Bloomington St
Iowa City, IA
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Michael Merle McCubbin
(641) 621-1487
1108 Washington Street
Pella, IA
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Allergy / Immunology

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Marta Marie Little, MD
(319) 339-3850
1100 6th St Ste 203
Coralville, IA
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Allergy & Immunology, Internal Medicine
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1982
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Hospital: Mercy Hosp, Iowa City, Ia; Univ Of Iowa-Psychiatric Hosp, Iowa City, Ia
Group Practice: Town Square Allergy & Asthma

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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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