The Herx Reaction
The herx reaction is expected during treatment.
However moderate herxing might not be tolerated and treatment may need to be
or slowed down.
Severe herxing can in fact be very detrimental, and has even been known to be
fatal. A balance is therefor required. Quite
literally the degree of herxing is proportional to the bacterial kill. It is
caused by breakdown products of the dying bacteria. It certainly will
raised discomfort for a few days or even several during treatment.
The reaction can be thought of as temporary flu like
symptoms combined with the individuals own unique disease symptoms. Ask about
to help alleviate these problems.
The herx reaction differs in frequency for bartonella,
babesia and lyme. It may cause a rash and great confusion can occur compared
possibility of allergic drug reaction. The rashes are very different
with the latter being urticarial.
Here is a picture of a bartonella rash that comes up
during herx reactions in an 8 yo girl. Note the classic tell-tale bartonella
and after two months treatment on her new antibiotic
improvement was obvious with just this much rash on the left buttock
For the technically minded Wikipedia has an excellent
few words to say at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herxheimer_reaction