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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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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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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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I recently developed a penicillin allergy. Does this mean i need to be careful of any probiotics now as well?

I recently developed a penicillin allergy.  Does this mean i need to be careful of any probiotics now as well?

Penicillin allergy: No, there is no cross-reactivity between the usual organisms contained in probiotic preparations and the drug penicillin or its derivatives. You should, however, make note of the type of reaction you experienced and transmit this information to any doctor you see for any reason. People with an allergic reaction to one agent may have a higher risk of reacting to others. ...Read more

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What is the best and safest probiotic for Crohn's disease patients with a dairy allergy?

What is the best and safest probiotic for Crohn's disease patients with a dairy allergy?

May be none: Benefit of probiotics for lactose intolerance or patients with crohn's disease remains unproven. Cost is another issue for patients that they may not want to buy it. ...Read more

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I lactose intollerant, can I take probiotic lactobacilus ? Or it will trigger my allergy ?

I lactose intollerant, can I take probiotic lactobacilus ? Or it will trigger my allergy ?

Lactose intolerance: I see your confusion but lactobacillus is a probiotic bacteria, not a sugar. Lactose intolerance (difficulty digesting milk sugar) can be secondary to lactase enzyme deficiency, or due to a bigger problem of small bowel inflammation, infection, infiltrative disease, and/or maldigestion. Don't assume its lactose intolerance unless tested, or at least assessed response to lactase enzyme replacement. ...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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I developed food allergy for first time after taking antibiotics for 4 months. Do i consult a doctor or this will just go away? Do i need probiotics?

I developed food allergy for first time after taking antibiotics for 4 months. Do i consult a doctor or this will just go away? Do i need probiotics?

4 months?: I am wondering why you took antibiotics for such a pronged period. And this may well have changed your GI flora. But to develop "allergies" seems unrelated to the antibiotics as such.By all means take "probiotics" or pick up food with probiotics within: fresh natural organic yogurt, kefir drinks, goodbellly drinks etc... ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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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