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What medical condition can probiotics help?

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Probiotics are "good bacteria" that live in your gut. They may help with digestion problems like diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome. Probiotics may also help improve Crohn's disease, allergies, and some types of skin problems, but the evidence is not strong.

SOURCES:

American Gastroenterological Society: "Probiotics: What They Are and What They Can Do For You."

Floch, M.  , July 2008. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology

Sharp, R.  , April 2009. American Journal of Gastroenterology

Katz, J.  , 2002. Gastroenterology

Stefano Guandalini, MD, University of Chicago.

Martin Floch, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on July 28, 2020

SOURCES:

American Gastroenterological Society: "Probiotics: What They Are and What They Can Do For You."

Floch, M.  , July 2008. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology

Sharp, R.  , April 2009. American Journal of Gastroenterology

Katz, J.  , 2002. Gastroenterology

Stefano Guandalini, MD, University of Chicago.

Martin Floch, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on July 28, 2020

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