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I have a plugged milk duct that my midwife gave me

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I have a plugged milk duct that my midwife gave me dicloxacillin 500mg 4 times a day. Yesterday after taking the first dose my arm started to itch. As the day progressed I became more itchy and looked slightly sunburned on my legs, feet, arms and hands. No hives, respiratory issues or anything. I decided to stop taking the pills after the 3rd dose and this morning am 90% better. Problem is I am not sure if it was the Meds or a reaction to an aerosol cleaning product I used Friday. My daughter had a similar but milder reaction on Friday hours after using the same product. I am just worried to take or not take the Meds again. If the response to the Meds would again only be the skin itching I would like to try it again and see if I react again. However, I am concerned there could be a more severe reaction the second time.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Charogat replied 5 years ago.
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Charogat :

Hi, and thank you for coming to with your question.

Charogat :

Being that you had a suspected allergic reaction you should absolutely NOT take it again until you find out for sure if you are allergic or not.

Charogat :

Even though it looks like chances are that you are not - the risk is not worth taking the chance.

Charogat :

If the clogged milk duct has caused mastitis then you can speak to your ob/gyn to find out what medication you should use instead right now.

Charogat :

Also, I am assuming that the midwife told you that the best treatment is nursing (expressing milk) and warm compresses?

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I don't have any symptoms of mastitis. It is not even painful. All home treatments have done nothing and I have had it for around 3 months now. We are thinking it is a galecocele (sp?) but thought we would see if antibiotic would help incase it is an infection.
Expert:  Charogat replied 5 years ago.
It doesn't really sound like something that should be treated with antibiotics at all in that case.
If it is a glactocele then antibiotics won't do anything, and the fact that you are showing no other signs of infection really make antibiotics a rather poor choice.
That also strengthens my answer in telling you that when someone has a possible allergy, 'testing' it by continuing to use the possible allergen in an uncontrolled environment can be very dangerous.

G-d Bless
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