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
Graduation Year: 1973

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(334) 393-4044
207 E Watts St Ste 230
Enterprise, AL
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(256) 249-0358
7 Brown Ave
Sylacauga, AL
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James Ryan Bonner, MD
(205) 801-8100
1900 University Blvd # THT215
Birmingham, AL
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Allergy & Immunology
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Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1971

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1600 7th Ave S # ACC614
Birmingham, AL
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703 Volker Hall
Birmingham, AL
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(334) 272-6062
4284 Lomac St
Montgomery, AL
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Allergy & Immunology, Pediatrics
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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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(205) 985-7393
4515 Southlake Pkwy Ste 300 Ste 300
Birmingham, AL
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Otolaryngology, Clinical & Lab Immunology
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Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
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1600 7th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
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(205) 547-4971
515 S 3rd St
Gadsden, AL
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Otolaryngology, Allergy
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1962
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Hospital: Gadsden Reg Med Ctr, Gadsden, Al; Riverview Reg Med Ctr, Gadsden, 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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