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Dr. S. Attili, Dermatologist & Dermatopathologist
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Experience:  MRCP (Dermatology), Int. Board Certification in Dermatopathology
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My son of 6 years old woke up with a rash all over his

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Hello dr My son of 6 years old woke up with a rash all over his body....he is g6pd
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Customer: He had a throat infection and was given augmentine antibiotic Je got well but today he woke up with a rash
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dermatology
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Took him to the hospital they gave him prednisolone sodium phosphate and antihistamine "chlorpheniramine malate"
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is that enough?
Expert:  Dr. S. Attili replied 1 year ago.

Hello. I am Dr. Venkat Attili, Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist with over 10 years of experience in this field. I am here to assist you and will answer your questions to your complete satisfaction.

Thanks for the pictures. Your pictures and history are suggestive of a condition called urticaria. You can read all about it here

This is usually due to a harmless viral infection which makes the immune system hypersensitive (this usually last for 6-8 weeks and goes away on its own) but can also be a reaction to drugs. In your son's case, it is quite possible that this is a reaction to Augmentin. Suggest you avoid this in future (and infact any other drug with penicillin or related compounds in it).

Foods may occasionally cause this type of a rash. But if this is the case, it would be pretty obvious as the rash would start immediately after eating the culprit food item. If you haven't noticed any such reaction with foods, it is unlikely to be food related.

The rash is easy to control with antihistamines like cetirizine(zirtec) 5mg once daily. If this does not help, I usually suggest doubling the dose and taking 5mg twice daily. If that does help either, I usually prescribe fexofenadine 180mg 1-2 times daily, in addition to the cetrizine, which does the trick. Benadryl can be taken in addition to the above, 3-4 times a day, if needed. These should help control the problem. In severe cases a short course of oral steroids may be needed (5mg once daily for a week). But hopefully this would not be necessary for your son.

Do not worry, this is nothing serious nor contagious. It should resolve in 7-10 days.

Hope this helps. Do keep me posted & get back if you have any further questions or feel that I have missed out anything. I will be here to offer my continued support to your problem. Best wishes.