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Doctor insights on: Probiotics And Other Good Germs

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Are there any good foods that have probiotics in them or good bacteria to help with c. Diff.

Are there any good foods that have probiotics in them or good bacteria to help with c. Diff.

Foods for c.diff: Some brands of kefir (buttermilk) and some brands of milk have lactobacilli as well as some yogurt brands such as activia. The problem is that those bacteria are in low numbers and you may get more diarrhea from the dairy, so i would still consider commercial probiotic supplement. ...Read more

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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Yogurt with acidophilus and bifidus good for yeast infection?

Yogurt with acidophilus and bifidus good for yeast infection?

When taken orally: It may be beneficial. Otc meds include Monistat (miconzole), vagistat-1 (tioconazole), femstat (butoconazole) (buoconazole), Gyne-Lotrimin or mycelex( clotrimazole). ...Read more

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Can good oral health help prevent cold and other bacterial and viral illnesses?

Can good oral health help prevent cold and other bacterial and viral illnesses?

Yes: My experience has led me to firmly believe the following. Those with good dental hygiene are generally amongst the healthiest of the patients that i see. Doesn't mean you might not get the flu, but it certainly will keep you healthier overall. It's basically an indication that the patient is taking good care of themselves and the opposite is true to. Bad hygiene in people neglecting themselves. ...Read more

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Probiotics such as yogurt w live cultures are recommended to help control yeast but they advise against dairy? What probiotics to take please Dr?

Probiotics such as yogurt w live cultures are recommended to help control yeast but they advise against dairy? What probiotics to take please Dr?

Look for a brand: that has a variety of strains of probiotics in it, not just one or two. The amount of each one is less important. Use refrigerated probiotics if possible, and you can use the room temp. ones at work or traveling. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Symptoms of and ways of diagnosing when good gut flora has been replaced with bad bacteria?

Symptoms of and ways of diagnosing when good gut flora has been replaced with bad bacteria?

Antibiotic effect?: You may be concerned about the effects of antibiotics. It depends which antibiotic(s), for how long, and symptoms (usually diarrhea). No diagnosis is needed unless symptoms suggest certain problems, like C. difficile. Otherwise intestinal bacteria usually return to normal in a few weeks after antibiotics stopped. Probiotics might speed it up, but even without them, eventually all will be well. ...Read more

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Are acidophilus and probiotics same thing?

Are acidophilus and probiotics same thing?

Not really: Probiotics include many species, some of which may be acidophilus. ...Read more

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Are all probiotic good or bad, which ones?

Are all probiotic good or bad, which ones?

Sorry, but...: Probiotics are organisms, not "good or bad", that supplement your colonic flora. Peer review literature shows 1 in 4 patients treated are clinically improved with probiotics. Different probiotics benefit different symptoms. Probiotics are generally harmless, but they are not a panacea & their use should not substitute for a good medical evaluation followed by appropriate directed therapy. ...Read more

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Are probiotics good to help keep away vaginal yeast infections?

Are probiotics good to help keep away vaginal yeast infections?

It is possible: Risks have been identified and include mild gas and bloating, possible bacterial infection and possible overstimulation of the immune system in families with infants, the cost and taste may be prohibitive as well more serious concerns are potential changes in growth parameters of infants with large amounts of probiotic supplementation, unhealthy changes in metabolism. ...Read more

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Can you take two different brands of probiotics everyday such as align and acidophilus?

Can you take two different brands of probiotics everyday such as align and acidophilus?

Should be OK: One recommendation for dosing probiotics is to take them three to four times daily, with the total daily dose between 1 billion to 10 billion cfu (medscape). It seems many studies were done with lactobacillus, but other strains have also shown to be helpful either alone or in combination with each other. ...Read more

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When replenishing good bacteria during/after antibiotics, which is better -- probiotic supplements or increasing intake of yogurt, kefir, etc.?

When replenishing good bacteria during/after antibiotics, which is better -- probiotic supplements or increasing intake of yogurt, kefir, etc.?

Little difference: Probiotics have had a lot of good press in recent years, but scientific proof behind them is weak. Yogurt or kefir probably will have no effect; theie bacteria do not survive in human intestines. None of these will do any harm; use whatever works best for you. But you don't need to do much; normal bacteria will repopulate naturally in a few weeks, with no special treatment. ...Read more

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Are probiotics good for small intestine?

Are probiotics good for small intestine?

Yes: Probiotics help repopulate your intestines with the normal bacterial flora that helps us digest our food. That does not mean that more are better or that supplements are better than eating a well balanced diet. They are particularly helpful after an illness, a course of antibiotics, or exposure to harmful bacteria that disrupt the normal balance. ...Read more

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Are alcohol wipes enough to clean toys/objects/surfaces of staph, streptococcus, flu, and the other major germs?

Are alcohol wipes enough to clean toys/objects/surfaces of staph, streptococcus, flu, and the other major germs?

Yes: Alcohol wipes should be enough. Do not get too fussy with cleanliness of the child's environment. A sterile environment may not be good. See this site for info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2841828/ ...Read more

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What are some good soaps/body washes for sensitive skin and prevention of yeast infections?

What are some good soaps/body washes for sensitive skin and prevention of yeast infections?

Read the labels: Soaps or body washes that have no color, no fragrance and are specifically made for sensitive skin are your best choices. Other options to help prevent yeast infections are using cotton, or cotton lined, underwear. ...Read more

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I'm eating better and walking 30min daily, I worry about gut bacteria and read that the lectin in legumes& tomato kills good gut bacteria sois it bad?

I'm eating better and walking 30min daily, I worry about gut bacteria and read that the lectin in legumes& tomato kills good gut bacteria sois it bad?

Gut bacteria: I'm eating better and walking 30min daily, I worry about gut bacteria and read that the lectin in legumes& tomato kills good gut bacteria sois it bad? ANS: congrats on better eating and activity. I would worry about other things. The best diet to eat for health is the DASH Diet. Get this book and read and follow: ISBN 9780743410076 Good luck. Can do 2nd opinion any time. ...Read more

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1000mg levofloxacin and 2000 mgamoxicillin per day for 10 day.billion of gut bacteria were killed.do good bacteria recover their own or need probiotic?

1000mg levofloxacin and 2000 mgamoxicillin per day for 10 day.billion of gut bacteria were killed.do good bacteria recover their own or need probiotic?

No: This is a good question. You know, kids are born without gut flora. It is there at age one month, or a bit later if born by C section. Yes your gut will repopulate by itself. Probiotics are not necessary. The idea of good and bad bacteria is also complex. They are morally neutral and in a ratio, it is more a question of the ratio than of intrinsic goodness or badness. ...Read more

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What is a good probiotic to take to put good bacteria back in the vagina after over 100 BV infections?

What is a good probiotic to take to put good bacteria back in the vagina after over 100 BV infections?

Probiotic: Good probiotic to take is one with high count of saccharomyces bolardii. You should be taking around 30 million cfus two to three times a day. ...Read more