Can antibiotics reduce ESR?


ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) is a non-specific test that measures the rate at which red blood cells settle in a tube of blood. It is often used as an indicator of inflammation in the body, but it is not a specific diagnostic test for any particular condition.

Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections, which can cause inflammation in the body. If the inflammation is due to a bacterial infection, antibiotics may help reduce the ESR by treating the underlying infection. However, it’s important to note that not all infections are bacterial, and not all inflammation is caused by infection.

In addition, the ESR is not a direct measure of the presence or absence of infection, so changes in ESR may not always correlate with the resolution of an infection. Other factors, such as age, gender, and certain medical conditions, can also affect ESR levels.

Therefore, while antibiotics may help reduce ESR in cases of bacterial infection, they may not be effective in all cases and should only be used when medically necessary and prescribed by a healthcare professional.

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