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My husband recently had surgery for melanoma on his ear and has developed a staph infection on the surgical site.


Q. Dear Terry, “My husband recently had surgery for melanoma on his ear and has developed a staph infection on the surgical site. The doctor prescribed an antibiotic and I am wondering if a probiotic can be taken at the same time and will this lessen the effect of the antibiotic? Thank you for your advice!” — Cassie S., Tampa, FL

A. Dear Cassie, Many commonly prescribed antibiotics can wreak havoc on our digestive system and they do not distinguish between healthy and unhealthy bacteria. Probiotics, which are the healthy bacteria, can be very useful for reestablishing bacteria balance.

There are many probiotics on the market, but the kind I prefer are human strains, meaning they are found in our digestive system already. Three probiotic strains I recommend are Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and Bifidobacterium bifidum. These strains can help stop gas and bloating, relieve diarrhea and urgency, prevent intestinal cramping and discomfort, provide soothing relief and regularity, inhibit inflammation, and stop the harmful bacteria.

I would take these probiotics twice a day, but several hours before or after taking an antibiotic.

For additional support you could also consider adding propolis. I think one of the most important uses of propolis today is fighting “superbugs”, which are antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Propolis is so powerful it can even stop methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Make sure you choose a propolis that comes from a controlled and managed bee population so the material provides consistent levels of bacteria and virus fighting compounds. Look for a clinically studied propolis that is purified and contains no beeswax. I would take 100 mg of propolis three times a day for a month, then 100 mg once a day thereafter.

To learn more about propolis, you can watch a short video (Propolis – The Natural Antibiotic) from the Terry Talks Nutrition YouTube channel.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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