Drug rashes are the body's reaction to a certain medication. The type of rash that occurs depends on the type of drug that is causing it. Rashes can range from mild to severe.
Rashes caused by drugs can be categorized in the following groups:
Drug rashes may be severe and require hospitalization. Call the child's physician or 911 immediately if the child experiences any acute symptoms in addition to the rash.
Diagnosing a rash caused by a reaction to medication is complicated. Even a small amount of a drug can cause a major reaction in the skin. In addition, the reaction can occur after the patient has taken a medication for a long period of time.
The physician will usually recommend stopping any medication that is not necessary to sustain life, to see if the reaction stops. Other medications may be substituted, if possible.
The specific treatment for drug rashes will be determined based on:
The condition usually clears up if the patient stops taking the medication that is causing the reaction. Other treatment may include:
Allergic reactions can be serious and even fatal. Call the child's physician or 911 immediately if the child experiences any acute symptoms in addition to the rash, including:
The Division of Dermatology at Children's National Health System continues to expand services as more families seek our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the skin, hair, and nails.
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