Antibiotics & Allergies Specialist Osseo MN

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.

Thomas Joseph Helm, MD
(763) 420-1010
12000 Elm Creek Blvd N
Maple Grove, MN
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Allergy & Immunology
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Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1986

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Richard John Morris
(763) 420-1010
12000 Elm Creek Blvd
Maple Grove, MN
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Allergy / Immunology

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Pramod S Kelkar, MD
(763) 420-1010
Allergy and Asthma Care
Minneapolis, MN
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Allergy & Immunology
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Graduation Year: 1950

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Thomas Joseph Helm
(763) 420-1010
12000 Elm Creek Blvd N
Maple Grove, MN
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Allergy / Immunology

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Pramod Shriniwas Kelkar
(763) 420-1010
12000 Elm Creek Blvd N
Maple Grove, MN
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Allergy / Immunology

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Pramod Shriniwas Kelkar, MD
(763) 420-1010
12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 200
Maple Grove, MN
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Allergy & Immunology
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Medical School: Bj Med Coll, Univ Of Pune, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1987
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Hospital: St Francis Hosp And Health Ctr, Beech Grove, In; St Vincent Hosp And Health Car, Indianapolis, In; Community Hosp South, Indianapolis, In
Group Practice: Indianapolis Allergy & Asthma

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Thomas J Helm, MD
(763) 420-1010
Allergy and Asthma Care PA
Minneapolis, MN
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Allergy & Immunology
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Graduation Year: 1950

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Richard J Morris, MD
(763) 420-1010
Allergy and Asthma Care PA
Minneapolis, MN
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Allergy & Immunology
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Male
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Graduation Year: 1950

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Richard John Morris, MD
(763) 420-1010
12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 200
Maple Grove, MN
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Allergy & Immunology
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Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1972

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Kenneth A Johns, MD
(612) 783-6059
9055 Springbrook Dr NW
Minneapolis, MN
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Allergy & Immunology, Pediatrics
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Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1984

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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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