Antibiotics & Allergies Specialist Foley 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.

Leonard Joseph Caputo, MD
(251) 626-4070
27625 US Highway 98
Daphne, AL
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Allergy & Immunology
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Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
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John Allen Meadows
(334) 272-6062
4284 Lomac St
Montgomery, AL
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William Alfred Massey III, MD
(205) 802-2000
48 Medical Park Dr E Ste 456
Birmingham, AL
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Allergy & Immunology, Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1984
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Hospital: Baptist Montclair Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al; Southeast Alabama Med Ctr, Dothan, Al
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Alice Hardin Morgan, MD
(256) 737-0368
1948 Al Highway 157 Ste 410
Cullman, AL
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Otolaryngology, Allergy
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Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
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1717 11th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
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Florence, AL
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(334) 794-2718
1276 Westgate Pkwy
Dothan, AL
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Allergy & Immunology
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Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1994
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Hospital: Southeast Alabama Med Ctr, Dothan, Al
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Moon Hi Nahm, MD
2000 6th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
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Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
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(334) 272-6062
4284 Lomac St
Montgomery, AL
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Allergy & Immunology, Pediatrics
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Sc Sch Of Med, Columbia Sc 29208
Graduation Year: 1986
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Hospital: Baptist Med Ctr East, Montgomery, Al; Jackson Hosp & Clinic, Montgomery, Al
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(251) 434-3919
1504 Spring Hill Ave
Mobile, AL
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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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