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Thanks . I am concerned that I am developing a skin rash

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Thanks for answering. I am concerned that I am developing a skin rash from trimethoprim Should I stop taking this ??
JA: How long have you been dealing with the skin issue? Have you noticed any major changes in your overall skin or nails recently?
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Customer: No. Just neck and chest skin rash
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Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 7 months ago.


Im sorry to hear about your situation. Can you tell did the rash start only after starting the trimethoprim and if so, how many doses did you take of the drug before the rash appeared? Secondly can you upload a picture of the rash?

Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 7 months ago.

It seems as if youre offline, so ill leave an answer for you and we can discuss it later if you want.

Well if the rash is red in color and slightly raised and it only appeared within a couple of days of starting the drug then it is possible that it is due to the drug itself. Usually drug rashes would also cause itching in the region and may spread rapidly to the rest of the body. Now the safest thing to do here would be to stop the drug ONLY AFTER contacting your doctor and having him change the antibiotic to another one. In the meantime you can use OTC anti histamines to counter the rash such as benadryl, zyrtec or allegra. In addition sometimes topical steroid creams MAY be needed. But the best thing to do here is to contact your doctor, have him change your antibiotic to another one and then stop using the drug.

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