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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Brian Douglass Stone, MD
(336) 659-4814
1364 Westgate Center Dr
Winston Salem, NC
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Allergy & Immunology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1985

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Elizabeth Rose Scannell, MD
Colfax, NC
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Allergy & Immunology
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Female
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Medical School: Ross Univ, Sch Of Med & Vet Med, Roseau, Dominica
Graduation Year: 1998

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A N Kaplan, MD
(863) 382-4266
421 Sondley Woods Pl
Asheville, NC
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Pediatrics, Pediatric Allergy
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Male
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Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1956

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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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Male
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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
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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Ahmad B Barakat, MD
(919) 658-5900
120 Bryan St
Kenansville, NC
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Allergy & Immunology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Aleppo, Fac Of Med, Aleppo, Syria
Graduation Year: 1988

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Franklyn Milton Millman, MD
(910) 716-3787
3151 Allerton Lake Dr
Winston Salem, NC
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Allergy & Immunology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1967

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John T Klimas
(704) 372-7900
2630 E 7th St
Charlotte, NC
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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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