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Drug Rashes Treatment Information
Other than possibly stopping the medication, little or no treatment is necessary for many drug rashes and other drug reactions. Mild allergic skin reactions such as hives can be treated at home with diphenhydramine (Benadryl).
Anaphylaxis can happen in minutes or even seconds, with symptoms such as tightening of the chest and significant breathing difficulty that require emergency treatment. We respond quickly to this reaction with corticosteroids (anti-inflammatory drugs) and epinephrine (adrenaline) to overcome potentially serious symptoms.
Stevens-Johnson syndrome is another potentially serious reaction that occasionally develops into a condition called toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). Symptoms of Stevens-Johnson syndrome include widespread blistering and peeling skin, sores in the mouth, and red and painful eyes.
When a patient comes to us with symptoms of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, we take a skin biopsy to confirm the diagnosis and develop a comprehensive treatment plan. Cyclosporine, a medicine used to keep your immune system from overreacting to drugs, is often the first medicine we use to start counteracting symptoms. Because Stevens-Johnson syndrome includes severe skin damage, we often treat patients with this syndrome as though they have widespread burns Treatment includes pain medicines and skin grafts to cover areas where damaged skin has fallen away. When the eyes are involved significantly, our physicians collaborate with ophthalmologists to care for the eye and minimize the chance of corneal scarring.
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Drug Rashes Support Services
Information on the websites below can help you understand how drug reactions may affect your body.
A Sampling of Drug Rashes Support Services
This national government website features information about drug reactions, symptoms and treatment.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
This national government website offers education about symptoms and treatment for anaphylaxis.
Stevens Johnson Syndrome Foundation
You can find more information about Stevens-Johnson syndrome as well as support resources on this website.