As we began all the supplements, herbs and medications, I was told to watch for Herxheimer (Herx) reactions. For the past couple of days, Jackson has had a few little red, pimple-like bumps on both sides of his face. He doesn’t seem bothered by them, doesn’t scratch at them or anything, but I’m wondering if they are a Herx reaction. Jackson’s mood hasn’t changed much throughout treatment and he hasn’t shown adverse reactions from any of the meds…I’m hoping some major changes are taking place inside his body without the adverse “die-off” effects.
I really think Jackson is one tough little guy. His body has done an amazing job at fighting off the horrible infections since he was born. I think I posted before, he is rarely sick. Never an ear infection, never any emergency doctor’s appointments, and only a few fevers in his almost 3 years of life. Jackson has a strong body! My hope is that his body is handling all the meds just fine and they are helping fight off the infections. I was/am prepared for Herx reactions, but if Jackson’s strong body doesn’t want to show any reactions, I’m fine with it:)
Below, you can see the tiny little bumps:
Taken from, http://www.silver-colloids.com/Pubs/herxheimer.html:
The Herxheimer Reaction – Feeling worse before feeling better
The Herxheimer Reaction is a short-term (from days to a few weeks) detoxification reaction in the body. As the body detoxifies, it is not uncommon to experience flu-like symptoms including headache, joint and muscle pain, body aches, sore throat, general malaise, sweating, chills, nausea or other symptoms.
This is a normal — and even healthy — reaction that indicates that parasites, fungus, viruses, bacteria or other pathogens are being effectively killed off. The biggest problem with the Herxheimer reaction is that people stop taking the supplement or medication that is causing the reaction, and thus discontinue the very treatment that is helping to make them better. Although the experience may not make you feel particularly good, the Herxheimer Reaction is actually a sign that healing is taking place.
What Is The Herxheimer Reaction?
The Herxheimer Reaction is an immune system reaction to the toxins (endotoxins) that are released when large amounts of pathogens are being killed off, and the body does not eliminate the toxins quickly enough. Simply stated, it is a reaction that occurs when the body is detoxifying and the released toxins either exacerbate the symptoms being treated or create their own symptoms. The important thing to note is that worsening symptoms do not indicate failure of the treatment in question; in fact, usually just the opposite.