Antibiotics & Allergies Specialist Morristown TN

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.

Rafay Imtiaz Raza Khan, MD
Jefferson City, TN
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Allergy & Immunology
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Male
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Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1991

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Donald T Ellenburg, MD
(615) 525-2640
2121 Highland Ave
Knoxville, TN
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Allergy
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1976
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Hospital: East Tennessee Childrens Hosp, Knoxville, Tn; Univ Of Tenn Mem Hospital, Knoxville, Tn
Group Practice: Allergy & Asthma Affiliates

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Marek M Pienkowski, MD
2012 Brookside Road #11
Kingsport, TN
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Akademia Med W Warszawie, Warszawa, Poland
Graduation Year: 1969
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Hospital: Fort Sanders Reg Med Ctr, Knoxville, Tn
Group Practice: Allergic Diseases Asthma Clnc

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Fred T Grogan
(901) 757-6100
7205 Wolf River Blvd
Germantown, TN
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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James Lee Mc Donald, MD
(269) 375-7871
183 Prosser Rd
Lawrenceburg, TN
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1959

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Martha J Butterfield
(615) 370-7905
343 Franklin Rd
Brentwood, TN
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Allergy / Immunology

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Gregory Andrew Hanissian
(901) 751-9696
2101 Merchants Row
Germantown, TN
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Allergy / Immunology

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Dukhee Betty Lew
(901) 448-2300
1910 Nonconnah Blvd
Memphis, TN
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Allergy / Immunology

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Bruce L Wolf
(615) 292-8299
4230 Harding Rd
Nashville, TN
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Allergy / Immunology, Internal Medicine

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David P Lurie
(423) 929-3358
106 Woodlawn Dr
Johnson City, TN
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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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