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HERXHEIMER:
WHAT IT IS

THE HERXHEIMER RESPONSE is a natural bodily process triggered by a greater prevalence of endotoxins. These harmful substances are released when harmful microorganisms and bacteria are destroyed or die off. As damaging bacteria are destroyed, they release previously contained endotoxins into the bloodstream. This allows the toxins to be transported to the appropriate system and subsequently expelled from the body.

 

However, rapid destruction of bacteria can cause an influx of endotoxins resulting in greater toxicity. When this occurs, the immune system responds by triggering an acute immune response resulting in inflammation that may be experienced throughout the body. This can cause worsening of current symptoms and the development of new symptoms.

 

The Herxheimer reaction is frequently seen during antibiotic treatments because antibiotics destroy numerous microorganisms and bacteria. Although the Herxheimer reaction is typically non-lethal, it does frequently cause temporary pain, discomfort, and worsening of symptoms. Symptom severity is often indicative of the level of inflammation triggered by the immune system.

Common symptoms that develop or worsen due to a Herxheimer response include:

  • Bloating
  • Brain Fog
  • Chills
  • Cold Sweats
  • Constipation
  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Joint Pain
  • Lethargy
  • Muscle Pain
  • Nausea
 
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