Posted By: CustomVite Nutrition Team Date: October 12, 2018 Comments: 0
Many people take antibiotics to knock out a bacterial infection, but for some people, these drugs can trigger a potentially life-threatening infection caused by a type of bacteria called clostridium difficile, or C. diff. Symptoms of C. diff range from diarrhea and abdominal cramping, to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. Each year in the United States, about half a million people get sick from C. diff. Unfortunately, in recent years, C. diff infections have become more frequent, severe, and difficult to treat. The good news is according to recent research, probiotics may help to avoid a C. diff infection in patients treated with antibiotics. When probiotics were added to an antibiotic regimen, the incidence of C. diff infections among both children and adults was reduced. Studies show that probiotic products containing multiple strains, and/or at dosages above one billion units per day are effective in reducing the odds of C. diff infection, while single-species probiotics below one billion units are not. It’s important to keep in mind that even healthy bacteria, such as probiotics, can be killed off by antibiotics. So, to maximize their effect, take probiotics and antibiotics a few hours apart. Overall, probiotics may be a useful and safe strategy to fend off a C. diff infection, along with other critical strategies such as hand washing and disinfecting surfaces.
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