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 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.
By: David Schlam