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 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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John Wilson Georgitis, MD
(919) 748-4650
1756 Metromedical Dr
Fayetteville, NC
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Allergy & Immunology
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Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1976

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Alex G Yip, MD
(910) 270-7797
18676 US Highway 17 N
Hampstead, NC
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Allergy & Immunology
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Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1989

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Elzie Franklin Hart Jr, MD
(828) 433-6410
PO Box 340
Morganton, NC
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Otolaryngology, Allergy
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Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1967
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Hospital: Grace Hospital, Morganton, Nc

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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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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
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Rocky Mount, NC

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Leonor C Carrasco, MD
(252) 523-5461
905 N Queen St Ste C
Kinston, NC
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Allergy & Immunology
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Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1963

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Padmaja Reddy Gayam, MD
(919) 851-2223
311 Ashville Ave Ste D
Cary, NC
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Allergy & Immunology
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Female
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Medical School: Mrmed Coll, Gulbarga Univ, Gulbarga, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1990

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1317 Medical Dr
Fayetteville, 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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