Should I Take Probiotics?

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Even if you are not suffering from diarrhea, it is a good idea to take OTC probiotics, such as acidophilus, lactobacillus, or saccharomyces boulardii lyo to preserve the normal flora in the stomach and the GI tract while on antibiotics. It is common to develop fungal infections of the nails, jock itch, or vaginal yeast infections while taking antibiotics. Fungus can also grow in any skin creases (e. g., under the breasts, in the arm pits, or in stomach rolls). Taking probiotics as well as keeping these areas dry can help prevent fungal infections from occurring. Another less common side effect is oral thrush, which can occur when antibiotics kill the normal mouth flora and allow yeast to grow inside the mouth. When this happens, you will see white patches growing on the insides of the cheeks, on the tongue, under the lips, or on the gums. Acidophilus will also help prevent thrush during antibiotic use.

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