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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Paul S Rabinowitz
(404) 255-9286
5555 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd Ne
Atlanta, GA
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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Donnie P Dunagan
(706) 733-1104
2042 Central Ave
Augusta, GA
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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Dennis Randall Ownby, MD
(706) 721-3531
1446 Harper St
Augusta, GA
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Allergy
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ohio, Toledo Oh 43699
Graduation Year: 1972

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Ann E Warner, MD
(404) 756-1325
720 Westview Dr SW
Atlanta, GA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, Allergy And Immunology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1983
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Hospital: St Lukes Hospital, Kansas City, Mo
Group Practice: Osteoporis Center Of Kc

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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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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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Rahul K Vangala, MD
(478) 745-8123
300 S Houston Lake Rd
Warner Robins, GA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Osmania Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1982

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Terrence J Cook
(706) 733-1104
2042 Central Ave
Augusta, GA
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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James A Stewart, MD
Alpharetta, GA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1943

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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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