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Can antibiotics actually make you feel worse before you get better?
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Dr. John Leander Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
In brief: Antibiotic effect
Definitely. Imagine millions of bacteria where, in a wave of antibiotic, a majority of these bacteria exploding, with their guts and toxins spilling all over the place- it's a total mess.
This mess attracts thousands of white blood cells, and an inflammatory response ensues that cleans this mess up- resulting in increased tenderness, redness, warmth, and swelling. Once done, the area improves.

In brief: Antibiotic effect
Definitely. Imagine millions of bacteria where, in a wave of antibiotic, a majority of these bacteria exploding, with their guts and toxins spilling all over the place- it's a total mess.
This mess attracts thousands of white blood cells, and an inflammatory response ensues that cleans this mess up- resulting in increased tenderness, redness, warmth, and swelling. Once done, the area improves.
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