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I'm deathly allergic to erythromycin and a lady a work with

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I'm deathly allergic to erythromycin and a lady a work with is on it and she touched my hand and I ingested some residue and now I have the cold sweats, headache, and my bones hurt. Should I go to the we?
JA: Is the headache episodic or daily? And what about nausea?
Customer: Constant headache, and mild nausea this happened yesterday
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I almost died from being given erythromycin as a baby and haven't been given any since I'm 22 years old, I've had gynecomastia surgery and I am overweight
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 months ago.

Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

You are not supposed to get any allergic reaction just by touching lady's hand or even sharing residues.
Erythromycin is not present in hand or food.
Your symptoms suggest an infection.
You may get infection from the lady due to the close contact.
Viral infection is more common.
Bacterial infection is also possible.
You should go to the ER given that you are anxious and also have signs of infection.
You can try over the counter Advil 600 mg ( 3 tabs together) for your symptoms if you are not allergic to it.
But if advil does not help at all, you should get checked out.
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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 months ago.

Very welcome

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