Early exposure to antibiotics kills healthy bacteria in the digestive tract and can lead to asthma and allergies, a new study on rats has claimed.
The study, published in ‘Mucosal Immunology’, provided the strongest evidence to date that there is an association between antibiotic exposure in childhood and the development of asthma and allergies later.
Martin Blaser, director of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine at Rutgers University in the US, said, “The practical implication is simple, avoid antibiotic use in young children whenever possible because it increases the risk of significant, long-term problems with allergies or asthma.” could.”
In the study, researchers from Rutgers, New York University and the University of Zurich noted that antibiotics, “among the most commonly used drugs in children, affect gut microbiome communities and metabolic functions. These changes in microbiota composition can affect host immunity.” can.”