The idea to use “good bacteria” in medicine has been around since the beginning of the 1900’s.  The practice of using probiotics have been used to treat stomach problems for quite some time.  Probiotics may be recommended by a Podiatrist (foot specialist) when they prescribe an antibiotic.  Ask the doctor about the benefits and risks of using the two at the same time.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics and Antibiotics

Probiotics are “good bacteria” that you can take  or eat to help balance your body.  They work to reduce “bad bacteria” and help to create a healthy digestive system.  It is very important to take probiotics while you are taking your antibiotics from Dr. Schlam.  Look for naturally fermented foods such as yogurt, buttermilk, soy sauce, and pickles that have these helpful microorganisms.  This is the best way to make sure you have probiotics in your diet.


How do probiotics and antibiotics work together?

Antibiotics are used to kill off “bad bacteria” that cause foot infections. The problem is that this type of medicine doesn’t  just work on your foot.  They kill both good and bad bacteria in your body.  The lack of  “good bacteria” can cause problems such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, and cramping.

Probiotics are thought to help build up the “good bacteria” that your body needs while taking your antibiotics.  Often, probiotics and antibiotics are used with each other to try to avoid stomach symptoms.  One study showed that probiotics reduced diarrhea due to antibiotics by 42%.

Should I take probiotics and antibiotics at the same time?

If you are given an antibiotic during your appointment and would like to know more about probiotics, you can talk with Dr. Schlam.  Some people should not take probiotics and antibiotics at the same time such as:

  • Young children
  • The elderly
  • Those with a weak immune system

How can foot doctors use probiotics in the future?

Research is now going on to cure  Athlete’s Foot with probiotics.  It will most likely take 10 years to get this medicine approved by the FDA, but it is something to watch for in the future.

Call Hollowbrook Foot Specialists in  Wappingers Falls, NY  for all of your foot related needs by calling:  (845) 298 – 9074 or request an appointment online.

By:  David Schlam


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Always arrive to a pleasant cheerful staff! They make you feel welcome and get you situated quickly! The Doctor is friendly and makes your feet feel great! I travel a bit to get to this office, but it is so worth it! The staff is always helpful and customizes my appointments to my needs!

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GREAT EXPERIENCE!!!! Very nice, friendly, and thorough doctor. Wonderful staff too! Very clean office. They fit me into there schedule the same day. They recognized my issue right away and got me out of discomfort painlessly.

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I came here today for the first time what a wonderful group of people, very professional and friendly and the Dr. I saw, Dr. Geshev, he is absolutely the first podiatrist I’ve ever seen that made me feel very comfortable, and he knows what he’s doing. I would recommend this podiatrist office to everybody.

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Great experience. They got my son in as soon as possible as made sure his foot was ok. Will definitely use them again!

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Our Wappingers Falls
Podiatry Office
89 E. Main Street
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Phone: 845-298-9074

Office Hours:
Monday: 11am - 7pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
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