Antibiotic rashes are common in children.
A rash caused by antibiotics will usually go away on its own without treatment, but it may be a good idea to discuss the rash with a doctor and get an allergy evaluation. Antibiotic rashes can be common, especially in children, and are not always the result of an allergic response. The doctor will need to examine the patient to determine the origins of the rash and decide if any further treatment is needed. For patients who experience discomfort, medications are available to treat the itching and pain.
Skin creams can help relieve skin irritation associated with rashes.
If a patient notices a rash from antibiotics, it is advisable to keep the rash clean and as dry as possible. Patients should wash with warm water and mild soaps and pat dry. Clearing the rash also gives you the opportunity to check for changes. If the rash spreads rapidly, begins to blister, or appears to be associated with symptoms such as difficulty breathing, the patient should see a doctor immediately. These more serious rashes can be allergic in nature and the patient may need treatment.
Prescription of antibiotics.
Waiting and watching is usually the best treatment for a rash caused by antibiotics. If the patient experiences discomfort, over-the-counter skin creams can help relieve the irritation. The doctor may prescribe more aggressive medications if the rash becomes more intense. It is important to continue taking the antibiotics unless a doctor instructs the patient to stop, as the drugs are still working and it is important to treat the bacterial infection. When the course of medications is over, the antibiotic rash should go away.
Allergies can manifest as skin rashes.
Patients with rashes tend to be more sensitive to sunlight and other irritants, including tight, itchy clothing. Wearing loose, comfortable clothing should help patients feel more comfortable. If the rash is severe, it may be necessary to apply a bandage to reduce the risk of infections and provide some padding so that the pressure of sitting and other activities does not exacerbate the rash.
Patients with rashes tend to be more sensitive to the sun and other irritants.
The non-allergic nature of most rashes means the patient can take the antibiotics again in the future without worrying about a serious allergic reaction. Allergic rashes tend to appear quickly, while normal rashes may appear after several days. When allergies are the cause, the patient may also experience more serious side effects. A doctor may assess the patient and check for other possible explanations, such as food allergies, adverse drug interactions, or exposure to toxins. If a doctor believes that a rash caused by antibiotics is allergic in nature, he will add a note to the patient’s chart to make sure that no one will prescribe that drug in the future.