Antibiotics & Allergies Specialist Griffin GA

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.

Howard Jay Silk, MD
(770) 491-9300
1260 Highway 54 W Ste 200
Fayetteville, GA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Pediatrics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Northside Hosp, Atlanta, Ga; Childrens Healthcare Of Atlant, Atlanta, Ga
Group Practice: Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clnc

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Anu R Mongia
(770) 607-7123
100 Market Place Blvd
Cartersville, GA
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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Robert B Rhoades, MD
(706) 855-1520
4485 Columbia Rd
Martinez, GA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1968

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Linda D Guydon
(770) 495-6258
4310 Johns Creek Pkwy
Suwanee, GA
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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Ronald Gene Beebe, MD
(770) 536-0470
950 S Enota Dr NE Ste A
Gainesville, GA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1986

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Frank L McCafferty, MD
1260 Highway 54 W Ste 200
Fayetteville, GA
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Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1988

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Robert P Frady
(706) 226-2142
1436 Chattanooga Ave
Dalton, GA
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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Lisa Judith Kobrynski, MD
(404) 727-4788
35 Jesse Hill Jr Dr
Atlanta, GA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Mc Gill Univ, Fac Of Med, Montreal, Que, Canada
Graduation Year: 1988

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John Allen Yarbrough
(770) 534-0534
520 Jesse Jewell Pkwy Se
Gainesville, GA
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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Tracy Alan Bridges
(229) 438-7100
105 Spanish Crt
Albany, GA
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Allergy / Immunology

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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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