“Does this look infected to you?”
Doesn’t really matter — either way, your doc will pump you full of meds over it. Docs are dishing out antibiotics for every rash… every blister… and every cough, fart, wheeze, and sniffle.
Most docs have no clue anymore who needs the drugs and who doesn’t, so they dish ’em out to everybody like the world’s crummiest prize bag.
But sometimes, it doesn’t just LOOK infected. It IS infected. Or maybe that hacking cough really is bacterial bronchitis.
If you’re absolutely convinced you need the meds, then be sure to take the darned pills. But while you’re waiting for the pharmacist to fill that scrip, do something else.
Reach into your wallet and shell out some extra scratch for a probiotic supplement… because new research shows how it can help make sure your time on the antibiotic doesn’t turn into Game of Thrones.
You know the throne I’m talking about. It’s the porcelain one — the one that up to 40 percent of all antibiotic patients end up sitting on, because the drugs can cause explosive and sometimes painful (or at least painfully embarrassing) diarrhea.
In the study, supplements containing several strains of Lactobacillus cut the number of days of diarrhea by nearly a third, from an average of 3.7 down to 2.7.
And if it was a better formula with more strains, the folks might’ve avoided the diarrhea completely. One study a few years back even found that folks who take probiotics with their antibiotics are 42 percent less likely to get the runs.
The best blend might depend on the drug you take and the risks you face, so ask your doc if he has a specific recommendation.
For example, if you’re a little older and sicker and spend a little too much time in and out of hospitals, you could face the risk of C. diff — a bug that could give you diarrhea so severe you could literally poop to death.
Talk about a bad way to go!
But taking a combination of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum can slash the risk of C. diff diarrhea by 60 percent.
Antibiotics kill off good bacteria as well as the bad, including the ones in your probiotic — so do two things to give them a chance to take hold and maximize your protection.
First, don’t take them at the same time as the drug. If you’re taking the med at 7 a.m., take the probiotic at 7 p.m.
And second, keep taking the probiotic for several weeks after the prescription has run out.
Heck, just keep taking them. Make probiotics a part of your daily routine — because odds are, your gut could use a lift whether you’re taking an antibiotic or not.