Antibiotics & Allergies Specialist Wenatchee WA

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.

Bradley Cromar
(509) 663-8711
820 N Chelan Ave
Wenatchee, WA
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Allergy / Immunology

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Jerry J Dragovich, MD
(206) 935-0564
3226 114th St SE
Everett, WA
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Allergy & Immunology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1945

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Clarence Mc Curdy Virtue, MD
(206) 272-5056
71 Leschi Dr
Steilacoom, WA
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Allergy & Immunology, Psychiatry
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1956

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Clifton T Furukawa
(206) 527-1200
4540 Sand Point Way Ne
Seattle, WA
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Allergy / Immunology

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Laura J Davis
(360) 695-8553
14508 Ne 20th Ave
Vancouver, WA
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Allergy / Immunology, Internal Medicine

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David M Robinson
(206) 223-6600
1100 9th Ave
Seattle, WA
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Allergy / Immunology

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Michael Mc Cue Mc Carthy, MD
(509) 455-6739
823 W 7th Ave Ste 102
Spokane, WA
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Allergy & Immunology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1976

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Stephen Andrew Tilles, MD
(206) 527-1200
4540 Sand Point Way NE Ste 200
Seattle, WA
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Allergy & Immunology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Diego, Sch Of Med, La Jolla Ca 92093
Graduation Year: 1990

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Gerald Thomas Nepom, MD
(206) 842-0283
1201 9th Ave
Seattle, WA
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Allergy & Immunology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1978

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Karna Gendo, MD
(425) 883-5496
2700 152nd AVE NE
Redmond, WA
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Internal Medicine, Allergy
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Davis, Sch Of Med, Davis Ca 95616
Graduation Year: 1995

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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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