Antibiotics & Allergies Specialist Rocky Mount NC

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.

Alfred J Covington Jr, MD
(252) 937-2100
124 Foy Dr
Rocky Mount, NC
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Allergy & Immunology, Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1986
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Hospital: Nash General Hospital, Rocky Mount, Nc
Group Practice: Carolina East Allergy & Asthma

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Allergy & Asthma Specialty Grp
(252) 937-2100
124 Foy Dr
Rocky Mount, NC

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Eugene R Bleecker, MD FAAAAI
(336) 713-7500
Medical Center Boulevard,
Winston Salem, NC
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Allergy & Immunology
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Male
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Graduation Year: 1969

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Eugene Shaner LeBauer
(336) 282-2300
3201 Brassfield Rd
Greensboro, NC
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Allergy / Immunology

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Anita Louise Jackson, MD
(910) 738-1919
725 Oakridge Blvd # A1
Lumberton, NC
Specialties
Otolaryngology, Allergy And Immunology
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Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1990
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Hospital: Scotland Memorial Hospital, Laurinburg, Nc; Southeastern Reg Med Ctr, Lumberton, Nc
Group Practice: Carolina Center For Hearing

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Alfred Jenkins Covington
(252) 937-2100
124 Foy Dr
Rocky Mount, NC
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Allergy / Immunology

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Covington Jr, Alfred J, Md - Allergy & Asthma Specialty Grp
(252) 937-2100
124 Foy Dr
Rocky Mount, NC

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Roselyn Marie Hicks, MD
(336) 883-1393
104 E Northwood St
Greensboro, NC
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Allergy & Immunology
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Female
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Medical School: East Carolina Univ Sch Of Med, Greenville Nc 27858
Graduation Year: 1997

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Patrice Marie Kirchoff
(828) 438-9004
300 S Sterling St
Morganton, NC
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Allergy / Immunology

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Alex Yu Chow Tse, MD
120 Memorial Dr
Jacksonville, NC
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Pediatrics, Allergy
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Hong Kong, Fac Of Med, Hong Kong
Graduation Year: 1971
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Hospital: Onslow Memorial Hospital, Jacksonville, Nc

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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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