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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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Any birth control and allergy medication interactions?

Any birth control and allergy medication interactions?

Good question: Birth control pills, in my experience, often make people sick. We know little or nothing about drug interactions, plus the fact that most drugs only relieve symptoms if they work at all. I often see patients who are taking 4 or 5 drugs together and it is impossible to sort out their interactions. ...Read more

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Do triple probiotics affect the effectiveness of birth control pills esp seasonique?

Do triple probiotics affect the effectiveness of birth control pills esp seasonique?

No: Probiotics contain active bacterial cultures which are designed to enhance your body's natural bacterial population. They will not affect the birth control pill. ...Read more

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Can amoxicillin (antibiotic) make birth control less effective?

Can amoxicillin (antibiotic) make  birth control less effective?

Yes: Any antibiotic can make birth control less effective, since the antibiotics can kill off some of the "good" bacteria in the gut that are needed to process the birth control hormones. Backup methods are important while on antibiotics. ...Read more

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Do food allergies affect the fodmap elimination diet?

Do food allergies affect the fodmap elimination diet?

Not very much: The fodmap elimination diet is designed for people with irritable bowel syndrome (ibs). It's goal is to reduce sugars and short-chain carbohydrates in the diet. The major overlap is with wheat as most of the other foods avoided in this diet are fruit & vegetables that are not common food allergy offenders. ...Read more

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Is probiotics a goodthing to takeafter taking doxycycline?I developed gastritis n GERD.Heard probiotics repopulates bacteria.Any bad probiotic effects

Is probiotics a goodthing to takeafter taking doxycycline?I developed gastritis n GERD.Heard probiotics repopulates bacteria.Any bad probiotic effects

Probiotics: Most people don't need probiotics after taking a course of antibiotics, since the normal bacterial flora of the gut repopulates rapidly after stopping antibiotics. If you have a history of C. difficile, it may be useful to take probiotics, however. Otherwise, studies do not support their routine use. Having said that, there are not usually many side effects, if you do decide to try them. Good luck ...Read more

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Me= yeast infection for 3 mos. Tried creams, boric acid, Candida diet, probiotics, garlic, etc. Taking iron pills 4 anemia- could that be feeding it?

Me= yeast infection for 3 mos. Tried creams, boric acid, Candida diet, probiotics, garlic, etc. Taking iron pills 4 anemia- could that be feeding it?

Yeast infection: You do not say whether you have used anti-fungals in your treatment, either topically or orally. That is the best way to treat Candida vulvovaginitis. Iron is highly unlikely to have anything to do with this. If you persist despite this you may be being reinfected by your sexual partner and they could be treated as well. If still an issue make sure your immune system is intact. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can probiotics and multivitamins cause my birth control pills (sprintec) to be less effective?

Can probiotics and multivitamins cause my birth control pills (sprintec) to be less effective?

Unlikely. : Hi, it's unlikely but not knowing the exact probiotics or multivitamins we can't say that to a 100% certainty. Please consult the physician who prescribed the birth control pills. Hope this helps ...Read more

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Will taking vitamins and eating yogurt daily cure and prevent bacterial vaginosis?

Will taking vitamins and eating yogurt daily cure and prevent bacterial vaginosis?

It can help prevent: It but not cure it once you have it u need antibiotics either vaginal cream, vagina supp or oral pills, the yogurt must have active acidophilus cultures or u can get acidolphilus pills at any drugstore or probiotics but u must take them every day also heat and humidity in the vulva- vaginal area contribute to vaginosis, air and dryness are good. ...Read more

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Is Alli diet pill ok to take with zyrtec (cetirizine) and birth control pill?

Is Alli diet pill ok to take with zyrtec (cetirizine) and birth control pill?

Alli Zyrtec (cetirizine) : Alli is a weaker version of xenical which acts by inhibiting the breakdown of fats by lipase. Theoretically, this should not cause a problem with birth control pills or zyrtec (cetirizine). ...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