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Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction


What to expect from a Herx:

Be aware that symptoms usually get worse before getting better. This is called a Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction and is your body’s reaction to the killed bacteria toxins. The bacteria actively comes out of the cells to battle the antibiotic. Patient will feel worsening of symptoms. Patient may experience hot sweats, palpitations, feverish, a sensation of passing out or dying. The peak of a herx is usually between 2-7 days after starting any antibiotic or after increasing the dose. It can last up to 2 weeks with another few days after that of ups and downs, the body balancing out, if   By 3-4 weeks after starting antibiotics you see some symptoms getting better( not necessarily feeling good) then you know you killed a layer of infection.


How to overcome a herx:

  • The most important thing to do is to Detoxify
  • Keep well hydrated,If you are unable to eat due to nausea, iv fluids can be very helpful. Contact yesh tickva if you are in need of a voluntary paramedic.

  • If you have heart palpitations, check heart rate and blood pressure . it is normal to have slightly rapid heart rate and low blood pressure, Monitor blood pressure to make sure it doesn’t go too low. If you feel your body is not handling herx, contact your physician. If everything is safe and ok, It is worth it to try to pull through. The first herx is hardest since you are not familiar with your body and symptoms. Once you remember how much better you feel after herx it gives you strength to fight.

  • Ask your physician to prescribe oxygen if needed

  • Chiropractic,massage or acupressure can be very helpful in relieving symptoms and gives body a boost to fight.