Antibiotics & Allergies Specialist Lahaina HI

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.

Andrew Don, MD
(808) 572-5999
1830 Wells St Ste 103
Wailuku, HI
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Otolaryngology, Allergy
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Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1966

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Edward Jin Won Yang, MD
1 Jarrett White Rd
Tamc, HI
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Allergy & Immunology
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Medical School: Pusan Natl Univ, Coll Of Med, Pusan, So Korea
Graduation Year: 1973

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James M Sweet, MD
(808) 533-7311
1329 Lusitana St Ste 506
Honolulu, HI
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Allergy & Immunology
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Medical School: Univ Of Sd Sch Of Med, Vermillion Sd, 57069
Graduation Year: 1983

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Rajiv Arora, MD
1 Jarrett White Rd
Tamc, HI
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Allergy & Immunology
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Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 2000

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Theodore Taehun Kim, MD
(808) 433-6334
98-1964 Hapaki St
Aiea, HI
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Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
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John Thomas McDonnell
(808) 247-6070
46-001 Kamehameha Hwy Ste 401
Kaneohe, HI
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Carl Lehman
(808) 521-9412
1329 Lusitana Street
Honolulu, HI
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Allergy / Immunology

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Philip H Kuo
(808) 261-8345
414 Uluniu St
Kailua, HI
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Allergy / Immunology

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Yoshio Oda, MD
(808) 523-5503
1024 Piikoi St
Honolulu, HI
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Internal Medicine, Allergy
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Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1959

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888 S King St
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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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