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What are the chances of having an allergic reaction to a probiotic? Want to take them but scared that will cause harm.

What are the chances of having an allergic reaction to a probiotic? Want to take them but scared that will cause harm.

VERY UNLIKELY: I do not remember EVER hearing of a bad reaction t a probiotic preparation!! In fact probiotics are used in the TREATMENT of allergy in children

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Probiotic (Definition)

Probiotics, by definition, are beneficial bacteria that live in our intestinal tract to help us maintain health intestines and colon. There are several species of these bacteria that are helpful to us including lactobacillus acidophilus. The meats we eat contain antibiotics that kill our natural bacteria that reside in our gut. Today, you will replace these ...Read more


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Is an allergic reaction possible with probiotics such as florajen3? I've had l. Acidophilus in yogurt, but I'm worried about b. Lactis/longum.

Is an allergic reaction possible with probiotics such as florajen3? I've had l. Acidophilus in yogurt, but I'm worried about b. Lactis/longum.

Yes! EvenWithNothing: Reactions, allergic & otherwise, are always under the internal control of the individual exhibiting the reaction & theories as to what may have triggered the behavior (reaction) are always just that, theories, guesses, rarely with significant scientifically verified evidence of accuracy, no matter the degree of the person guessing. Why? Control and complexity are within the individual reacting. ...Read more

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Can probiotics help control allergies?

Can probiotics help control allergies?

Unknown: Probiotics have been found to decrease the frequency and severity of viral uri's (common cold) in prospective, randomized clinical trials, and probiotics have also been found to cause beneficial changes in the immune system. However, probiotics have not been found to reduce hay fever / allergies. On the other hand, that question may not have been studied yet. ...Read more

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Will probiotics help acid reflux and allergies?

Will probiotics help acid reflux and allergies?

Maybe: Everybody is different, so they might provide some relief but currently there is no concrete evidence or scientific data to support the benefit of probiotics in either condition. ...Read more

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Is culterelle probiotic safe for everyone to take even if on perscription drugs for heart condition & history of allergies?

Is culterelle probiotic safe for everyone to take even if on perscription drugs for heart condition & history of allergies?

Who knows?: It's not FDA approved and has never been studied. I Googled it and only got marketing sites - no factual information. If you use it, you're on your own. ...Read more

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Have heard research clostridia bacteria can help cure food allergies- is there a probiotic that contains this stran out yet? Can I get it anywhere?

Have heard research clostridia bacteria can help cure food allergies- is there a probiotic that contains this stran out yet? Can I get it anywhere?

Unaware: I have not heard of a sound study related to using clostridia to cure food allergy. Even if there is one, I would certainly wait for confirmation by other studies before trying it. Clostridia is not considered a probiotic thus there is no such OTC preparation that I am aware of. Avoidance remains the best although researches are ongoing in trying make people tolerant to foods they are allergic ...Read more

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Doc, safe to take a pill of probiotic everyday? Can it cause hives, allergies and any other side effects? I had high IGe. Any relation to probiotics?

Doc, safe to take a pill of probiotic everyday? Can it cause hives, allergies and any other side effects? I had high IGe. Any relation to probiotics?

Usually: Most people can tolerate probiotics but extremely high doses can cause gastrointestinal upset. I am not aware of any link to hives or allergic diseases. In fact, there are studies showing that probiotics may lower the chance of developing eczema for infants. Do note that not all probiotics are created equal and different strains may be needed for different folks- thus no universal good guy. ...Read more

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What probiotic can cause a histamine reaction?

What probiotic can cause a histamine reaction?

See below: Probiotics can be histamine producing: Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus Bulgaricus, and Lactobacillus reuter ...Read more

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Is it possible to have candida die off reaction from starting new probiotics? Have had drunk feeling several weeks. Started when I began probiotic.

Is it possible to have candida die off reaction from starting new probiotics? Have had drunk feeling several weeks. Started when I began probiotic.

Yes: Yes, certain probiotics may help to kill candida resulting in a Jarisch-Herxheimer or die-off reaction. This is caused by toxins from the dead yeast which can trigger inflammatory cytokines. Drinking more water, taking chlorella and/or charcoal, a good multivitamin, liposomal glutathione, milk thistle and natural anti-inflammatory agents like curcumin should help. Die-off symptoms lessen over time. ...Read more

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Wife seems to have had bad reaction to clindamycin a year ago. C-diff negative, but now IBS symptoms. What's the best probiotic to help resolve?

Wife seems to have had bad reaction to clindamycin a year ago. C-diff negative, but now IBS symptoms. What's the best probiotic to help resolve?

Your choice: People with irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) may benefit from the addition of a probiotic. Ibs is a general term which covers a variety of non specific GI complaints which have no absolute pathological cause. I suggest a well balanced diet which includes fruits, vegetables, and other fibre. I also suggest addition of yogurt to the diet. A probiotic is equal to about 10 yogurts a day. Any brand is ok. ...Read more

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I'm ttc, and when me and hubby try I have an irritating reaction, (as if infection). I'm taking probiotics, folic acid 400mcg. What more should I do?

I'm ttc, and when me and hubby try I have an irritating reaction, (as if infection). I'm taking probiotics, folic acid 400mcg. What more should I do?

Investigation: It sounds like you are doing everything right. It's possible you have an infection (yeast or bacteria) and only notice it after the friction of sex. If so, a doctor can test and possibly prescribe. Lubrication can have a lot to do with that feeling to. Maybe something in your diet, exercise, sleep, stress, soaps, etc., that's causing vaginal dryness? See a gyn for full evaluation and help. ...Read more

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Is eating multivitamin for allergic and sneezing good idea or earing probiotics for allergic and sneezing?? Please suggest thx..

Is eating multivitamin for allergic and sneezing good idea or earing probiotics for allergic and sneezing?? Please suggest thx..

Neutral: Multivitamins are not usually needed for people in the developed countries except in cases of severe dietary restrictions. There is little proof that they would do much for allergies. If you were to take anything, vitamin D3 may be the one. There is also no proof that probiotics do anything for hay fever or asthma although they may be helpful in some cases of eczema. Try nasal steroid. ...Read more

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Should probiotic taken on empty stomach or after meal for best result?

Should probiotic taken on empty stomach or after meal for best result?

Not entirely clear.: Your question is a good one. Most manufacturers of probiotics simply direct you to take one tablet daily. Others state it should be taken at the start of a meal. In my practice, I have patients take it with food as I see less gastrointestinal symptoms. ...Read more

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Is an immediate acne breakout (within a week) a result of stopping antibiotics or starting a high dosage probiotics?

Is an immediate acne breakout (within a week) a result of stopping antibiotics or starting a high dosage probiotics?

Possibly: If you were having problems with acne breakouts, it is possible that continuous antibiotic administration was suppressing your acne tendency. When you discontinued steady antibiotic intake, skin bacteria may have proliferated causing an outbreak. A dermatologist is best qualified to answer your question, however. I don't think taking probiotics was the cause of the outbreak. ...Read more

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What are probiotics and used for? What lowest amt taken daily recommended? Any brand rec at rx? Allergic to dairy egg peanut soy, gluten sensitivity.

What are probiotics and used for? What lowest amt taken daily recommended? Any brand rec at rx? Allergic to dairy egg peanut soy, gluten sensitivity.

Probiotics: Probiotics are not yet studied well enough to recommend routine usage. Except for particular circumstances, such as infection with C. Difficile, the studies that have been done have not shown any benefit in healthy individuals. I would not recommend them yet unless you have been advised by your physician that you should give them a try. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why is my 6 year old son having loose stools for the past five weeks? He is allergic to dairy and is on probiotics as suggested by doctor.

Why is my 6 year old son having loose stools for the past five weeks? He is allergic to dairy and is on probiotics as suggested by doctor.

Probiotics: How long has he been on probiotics. What part of the milk? Was he checked for parasites? What is the probiotics made from or grown on? ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more