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
Gender
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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Timothy John Sullivan
(404) 255-2918
5555 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd Ne
Atlanta, GA
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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J Michael Halwig, MD
(770) 942-7696
6095 Professional Pkwy Ste B101
Douglasville, GA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Wellstar Cobb Hosp, Austell, Ga; Douglas Hosp, Douglasville, Ga
Group Practice: Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clnc

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Nakyoung Judy Nam
(770) 922-5696
2390 Wall St Se
Conyers, GA
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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James Robert Logan, MD
(912) 350-5000
4700 Waters Ave
Savannah, GA
Specialties
Otolaryngology, Allergy
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1961
Hospital
Hospital: Memorial Health Univ Med Ctr, Savannah, Ga; St Josephs Hosp, Savannah, Ga
Group Practice: Georgia Ear Institute

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

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Robert B Rhoades
(706) 855-1520
4485 Columbia Rd
Martinez, GA
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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Stanley M Fineman
(770) 427-1471
895 Canton Rd
Marietta, GA
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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Timothy J Sullivan III, MD
(706) 376-9852
28 Chandler Ctr
Hartwell, GA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 1966

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Jaya M Therattil
(706) 855-6130
3630 J Dewey Gray Cir
Augusta, 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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