Bifidobacteria: MedlinePlus supplements

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Bifidobacteria are a group of bacteria that normally live in the intestines. They can be grown outside the body and can then be taken orally as a medicine.

Bifidobacteria are used for many conditions that affect the intestines. They are used to prevent diarrhea in infants and children and for traveler diarrhea in adults. Some people take bifidobacteria to restore, in the intestine, "good bacteria" that have been killed or eliminated by diarrhea, radiation, chemotherapy, antibiotics or other problems. Bifidobacteria are also used to treat an intestinal disease known as ulcerative colitis and for a disease called pouchitis, a complication that sometimes arises after surgery for ulcerative colitis. Some people use bifidobacteria in newborns to prevent an intestinal infection called necrotizing enterocolitis.

Bifidobacteria are also used for the treatment of a skin condition in infants that is known as atopic eczema . It is also used for fungal infections (candidiasis), cold, flu, to reduce flu-like symptoms in children attending day care, breast pain (mastitis), hepatitis, and intolerance Lactose, mumps, Lyme disease and cancer. These bacteria are also used to stimulate the immune system and lower cholesterol.

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