Might be a silly question but.....

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rasputin26
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   Posted 8/23/2010 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Does the use of antibiotics lower your immune system? I am on my 3rd week of Doxycycline and Nystatin and I have come down with a really bad cold. My nose is dripping like a faucet and my throat is sore.

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Kayla
Infected: June 2008
Diagnosed: July 30, 2010

Traveler
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   Posted 8/23/2010 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
IMO it can, but it is known that LD does lower the immune system, as it keeps it pretty busy.
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rasputin26
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   Posted 8/23/2010 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you very much Traveler ;0)
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Diagnosed: July 30, 2010

Mamyou
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   Posted 8/23/2010 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Could this be part of detox?

Simela
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   Posted 8/23/2010 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I am on my 2nd week of abx. My ear has been hurting and still is, the whole time. Doc looked in my ear and said it's ok. I think all kinds of weird things are possible with LD. I should not have pain in my ear with abx!

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   Posted 8/23/2010 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Ear pain is - unfortunately - common in people who have tick-borne illnesses.

I discovered that I have what is referred to as 'dry ears'. I kept my ears clear & clean just a little too well!! With dry ears, you don't want to dry the moisture out of them after a shower or anything, and, if they itch I now dip the q-tip into olive oil before I touch my ear with it. It has even helped with the tinnitus that I have had for many years.

Just some food for thought!
Even the mightiest oak tree was once a little nut who held it's ground!!!
May we all find peace along the journey to find healing.
"Absence of proof is not proof of absence" - Dr. Edwin Masters, great LLMD & researcher -RIP
Trav

Razzle
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   Posted 8/23/2010 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Antibiotics do not treat or prevent viral infections, therefore you can still catch a cold/flu while on antibiotics. Because antibiotics kill off the "friendlies" in the intestine, this has the effect of reducing the immune system because these "friendlies" help keep the balance of bacteria & fungi (candida, etc.) in the mucosal boundary in the gut. This balance is an important part of the immune system, and is the main way we have of preventing harmful infections caused by food/air/water exposure. But when the balance is disturbed through the use of antibiotics, then this barrier no longer functions optimally and we are then more susceptible to undesirable infections getting through the barrier and into our bloodstream. This is why it is so important to be on a probiotic supplement through out Lyme treatment.
-Razzle
Chronic Lyme & Bartonella, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, etc.; G-Tube; TPN via PICC (trying again to wean off the TPN).
Meds:  IV Cipro, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Singulair, Claritin, Domperidone, Colloidal Silver, probiotics, digestive enzymes, Milk Thistle & other liver support herbs, Magnesium, Progessence+ (wild yam + essential oils), Moducare, homeopathy.

madrivergirl30
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   Posted 8/24/2010 4:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I get sore throats all the time since I've had Lyme, usually in the morning and nothing too bad... Having Lyme and being on antibiotics can definitely compromise your immune system.

rosesinjanuary
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   Posted 8/24/2010 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I too get sore a sore throat off and on always and I no longer take abx. For me it s a symptom much like the neck, head, and back pain. I hate lyme duh.
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