L. acidophilus treats conditions related to antibiotic use, infections caused by lack of beneficial bacteria, gastrointestinal conditions and, in children, cold and flu symptoms, reports WebMD. Probiotics are helpful in managing diarrhea caused by factors other than antibiotic use and in controlling inflammatory bowel disease. Probiotics are used to prevent digestive tract infections, and, as of 2015, are being researched for possible benefits in treating skin infections and colon cancer.
Daily food-derived probiotics containing L. acidophilus given to children between the ages of 3 and 5 have been found helpful in treating the symptoms of cold and flu, according to WebMD. Researchers found that L. acidophilus combined with B. Lactis Bi-07 was even more effective in treating cough, runny nose and fever in young children during the winter months. Research supports the beneficial effects of treating vaginal infections with L. acidophilus, claims Mayo Clinic.
Probiotics such as L. acidophilus are often used to treat side effects, such as gas, cramping and diarrhea, of antibiotic use, explains WebMD. Because antibiotics kill both beneficial digestive bacteria as well as the bacteria causing infection or illness, digestive problems are common with antibiotic use. For the same reasons, urinary tract infections and vaginal yeast infections are commonly experienced during antibiotic use. There are approximately 400 different types of probiotic bacteria in a healthy digestive tract, including yeast and Lactobacillus acidophilus, which is a lactic acid bacterium. Probiotics are effective supplements for replenishing the body’s reserves of beneficial bacteria.