Herxheimer reaction


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Herx·hei·mer re·ac·tion

(herks'hī-mĕr),
an inflammatory reaction in syphilitic tissues (skin, mucous membrane, nervous system, or viscera) induced in certain cases by specific treatment with arsphenamine (Salvarsan), mercury, or antibiotics; believed to be due to a rapid release of treponemal antigen with an associated allergic reaction in the patient.
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Herx·hei·mer re·ac·tion

(herks'hīm-er rē-ak'shŭn)
A systemic inflammatory reaction affecting the skin, mucous membranes, nervous system, or viscera occurring after antimicrobial treatment of treponemal disease (e.g., syphilis, Lyme disease); believed to be due to a rapid release of treponemal antigen with an associated allergic reaction in the patient.
Synonym(s): Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction.
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Herxheimer reaction

See JARISCH-HERXHEIMER REACTION.
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Herxheimer,

Karl, German dermatologist, 1861-1944.
Herxheimer reaction - an inflammatory reaction in syphilitic tissues induced by specific treatment with Salvarsan, mercury, or antibiotics. Synonym(s): Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction
Herxheimer spiral
Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction - Synonym(s): Herxheimer reaction
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Herx·hei·mer re·ac·tion

(herks'hīm-er rē-ak'shŭn)
Inflammatory reaction in patients with syphilis induced in some cases by treatment with some drugs.
Synonym(s): Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction.
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Herxheimer reaction could look like flu signs and symptoms: cools, fever, body pains, headaches, and rashes.
Flu-like symptoms such as exhaustion, body aches, diarrhea, and nausea are caused by die-off, also known as the Herxheimer reaction. When large numbers of viruses, bacteria, parasites, yeasts, or fungi die, their physical remains and the toxins they produce overwhelm the body, and it takes days, weeks, and in some cases, months for the organs of elimination to catch up, during which symptoms such as itching or skin breakouts may increase.
We observed no signs of a Herxheimer reaction. PCR diagnostics of 16S rRNA confirmed the diagnosis of Borrelia infection.
Detoxification reactions are common such as aggravation of symptoms or the Herxheimer reaction which are usually short lived.
The old thinking that a patient needs to "herx," meaning have a microbial reaction to the treatment known as a Herxheimer reaction, is no longer obligatory.
If patients experience symptoms of a Herxheimer reaction, it means that their bodies are being overloaded by toxins.
When Lyme bacteria and co-infections are killed, they release toxins, which can cause a Herxheimer reaction aggravating symptoms until the toxins are expelled from the body.
She also stated: "I can tell you that on your drops, especially the Lyme ones, I felt much more Herxheimer reaction than on my antibiotics." Following discontinuation of her second antibiotic and receipt of another FCT treatment, she reported that her problems were gone.
In the case of Lyme disease, bacterial die-off from cannabis is evident as well, often sparking the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction, also informally referred to as a "Herxheimer reaction," "Herx," or "Herxing." A Herxheimer reaction is instigated when dying bacteria release their endotoxins into the bloodstream and tissues faster than the body can successfully expel them from its system, prompting an excessive inflammatory response.
Furthermore, when patients start with artemisinin, they tend to have less of a Herxheimer reaction than with Mepron, and by taking artemisinin first, their parasitic load is reduced somewhat so that when they do start on Mepron, their Herxheimer reactions aren't as strong.
The colleague who noted "terrible" side effects such as mood disorders and acne should be aware that these side effects may be from a Herxheimer reaction due to bromine release.
And you do not have to have a Herxheimer reaction to get better.