Probiotics Reduce Allergic Rhinitis in Children and Adults
Breast-fed newborns who receive a supplemental probiotic — Lactobacillus reuteri — are less likely to develop allergic rhinitis later in life, a study of 9-year-old children suggests. Immune response in the gut can modulate immune responses in distant organs, including the nose, she said. In fact, the frequency of allergic rhinitis and the mean duration of episodes were "significantly lower" in the probiotic group than in the control group (P < .01 for both).
@kukum Kang and his colleagues assessed 84 adults who had received a diagnosis of perennial allergic rhinitis at least 2 years prior. They randomly assigned 41 adults to NVP-1703 at a dose of 1 × 1010 CFU plus maltodextrin 2 g/day. The other 43 adults, who served as the control group, were assigned to maltodextrin 2 g/day.