Antibiotics & Allergies Specialist Morehead KY

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.

Donald E Blair, MD
(606) 784-8124
301 E Main St
Morehead, KY
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Allergy & Immunology
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Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1967

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Mark Lee Corbett, MD
(502) 635-6937
511 Jarvis Ln
Louisville, KY
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Allergy & Immunology
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Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1987

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Nunthaporn Laoprasert, MD
108 Island Creek Rd
Pikeville, KY
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Allergy & Immunology
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Medical School: Chiang Mai Univ, Fac Of Med, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Graduation Year: 1987

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Duane Leslie Keitel, MD
(859) 647-2308
7388 Turfway Rd Ste 207
Florence, KY
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Allergy & Immunology
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Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1998

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Marshall Wise
(859) 277-9112
171 North Eagle Creek Drive
Lexington, KY
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Charles Steven Smith
(502) 895-3330
1017 Dupont Sq N
Louisville, KY
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Allergy / Immunology

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John Grigsby Riehm, MD
(502) 426-1621
9113 Leesgate Rd
Louisville, KY
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Allergy & Immunology, Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1977
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Hospital: Baptist Hosp East, Louisville, Ky; Norton Suburban Hosp, Louisville, Ky
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Lee Stanton Clore
(270) 684-6144
2211 Mayfair Avenue
Owensboro, KY
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Kenneth L Gerson
(859) 277-9112
171 N Eagle Creek Dr
Lexington, KY
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Allergy / Immunology

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James Wm Parker, MD
(606) 348-3365
1 S Creek Dr
Monticello, KY
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Allergy & Immunology, Pediatrics
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1975

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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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