Fighting Infections with Probiotics

Probiotics have been shown to be an effective preventative measure against antibiotic-associated diarrhea, a common side effect of antibiotic treatment due to the disruption of the gut microbiota. By introducing beneficial bacteria to the gut, probiotics can help restore balance and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria that may cause diarrhea.

Additionally, probiotics have also demonstrated potential in the treatment of C. difficile infections, a serious condition that can occur when the use of antibiotics allows for the overgrowth of this dangerous bacterium. While there is not yet a significant body of evidence to support the use of probiotics in treating C. difficile infections, initial studies have shown promising results.

Despite the potential benefits of probiotics in preventing antibiotic-associated diarrhea and treating C. difficile infections, the number of randomized controlled trials investigating their effectiveness is limited. More research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms of probiotics and their potential applications in the prevention and treatment of these conditions.

Scientific Reference: Probiotics for the Primary and Secondary Prevention of C. difficile Infections: A Meta-analysis and Systematic Review