Probiotics for treating acute infectious diarrhoea

Added April 12, 2013

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Used alongside rehydration therapy, probiotics appear to be safe and have clear beneficial effects in shortening the duration and reducing stool frequency in acute infectious diarrhoea. However, more research is needed to guide the use of particular probiotic regimens in specific patient groups.

Probiotics are microbial cell preparations or components of microbial cells that have a beneficial effect on the health and well-being of the host. Probiotics may offer a safe intervention in acute infectious diarrhoea to reduce the duration and severity of the illness. This review assesses the effects of probiotics in proven or presumed acute infectious diarrhoea.