What Types of Illnesses Are Treated by Probiotics?


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Although more research is needed to prove that probiotics treat diseases as of 2015, studies indicate that probiotics cure diseases such as diarrhea, urinary tract infection, lactose intolerance and skin disorders, according to MedicineNet. Priobiotics can also cure dental cavities and irritable bowl syndrome.

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What Types of Illnesses Are Treated by Probiotics?
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Lactobacilli are probiotics that naturally occur in the digestive, urinary and genital systems, explains MedicineNet. Fermented foods such as yogurt and dietary supplements are also rich in lactobacilli. These bacteria treat yeast infections, irritable bowel syndrome, antibiotic-related diarrhea, traveler's diarrhea, urinary tract infection, lactose intolerance and skin disorders such as fever blisters and eczema. They also prevent respiratory infections.

Bifidobacteria are healthy bacteria located in the colon, explains MedicineNet. They develop in the intestinal tract of infants after a few days of birth and, they do so especially when infants are breastfed. Studies report that bifidobacteria cure dental cavities, boost glucose tolerance and improve blood lipids. Examples of probiotic bifidobacteria include Bifodbacterium pseudolongum, Bifodbacterium bifidum, Bifodbacterium longum, Bifodbacterium breve, Bifodbacterium infantis and Bifodbacterium thermophilum.

Saccharomyces boulardii is a yeast probiotic that prevents and treats diarrhea that results from using antibiotics, according to MedicineNet. It also treats traveler's diarrhea and acne. Aside from minimizing the side effects of Helicobacter pylori treatment, Saccharomyces boulardii prevents the recurrence of Clostridium difficile.

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