Probiotics are provided to consumers as oral (oral) products (such as supplements and yogurt) and non-oral products (such as suppositories and creams). However, it should be noted that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not allow any health claims for probiotics. Here are some things you need to know about probiotics.
- There is evidence that probiotics may help improve acute diarrhea, antibiotic-related diarrhea, and atopic dermatitis (the most common skin disease in infants).
- Although some probiotic preparations have shown promising results in research, there is a lack of strong evidence to support the use of other probiotics to treat most symptoms and diseases.
- Studies have shown that probiotics usually have few side effects. However, safety data, especially the limited safety data for long-term intake, may increase the risk of serious side effects in patients with underlying diseases.
- Probiotic products contain different types of bacteria, which have different effects on the human body. The impact also varies from person to person.
- If you are considering taking probiotic supplements, please consult your healthcare provider first. Do not substitute unproven products or treatments for scientifically proven treatments.