My naturopath explained how antibiotics -- and the Accutane I took more than 20 years ago -- would kill good bacteria and allow yeast to take over, and probiotics can get things back to the right balance. So he started me with a pretty intense ($$$) probiotic (see my profile), and I've read online that it is also intended for use after taking antibiotics.
I had to be treated for MRSA earlier this year (maybe acquired from public bathrooms??) and took a strong antibiotic for that, and realize now it may have set off this year's flare!
49 year old female, diagnosed in 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years, usually 3 pills 2x day.
Currently 15 mg prednisone tapering off from lingering flare;
Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for severe anemia.
August 2008 Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy-free, etc. diet and Replete probiotic, DGL Plus (licorice root, slippery elm), Permeability Factors, under care of naturopathic doctor.
Flare is resolved after two weeks of no gluten, soy, etc!