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  • Posted By: islandgal1791
  • February 3, 2011
  • 05:32 AM

my name is katie and i'm 20 years old. So basically from my research i believe i suffered a severe allergic reaction to Cepacol maximum strength lozenges. (The reason why i took one of these is because my tonsils are inflamed and thought this would help) The thing that struck me odd was that i only noticed it on my elbows and knees. First of all I thought it was from a new herbal tea that i had tried just the other day but soon to realize how wrong i was when i did research on the cepocal side effects. Numerous websites said that an allergic reaction is rare but is still likely to happen. They said that hives and redness may occur. i started to get pretty worried and showed my mom right away because of the fact that i have never in my life ever had an allergic reaction. yes i do have asthma and have had other lozenges before but obviously never had a reaction quite like this.
The itchiness was so unbearable i knew i had to get some lotion to sooth some of redness. I immediately drove to my local drugstore and asked the pharmacist if there was something/anything i could take. She recommended
Benadryl which has the antihistamine. i have to say i did notice that the itchiness did subside but still very noticeable on my knees and elbows.
my tonsils are still sore and inflamed non the less (don't worry, ive have the tonsil thing happen to me more then i can keep count) but anyway i'm still in shock about just the knee and elbow thing alone.
not really sure what else i can do.

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  • Hello - Yes, taking the Benadryl should help, but it is going to take a few days before your elbows and knees look normal - you have irritated them even more by scratching them I assume. Are they still itchy? If so, you may want to try a topical anaesthetic - such as Lanacaine cream that you can get over the counter at your pharmacy as long as it does NOT contain the same ingredients as the Cepacol lozenges. Obviously, don't take any more Cepacol lozenges - take note of the ingredients in the lozenges that you may be allergic to for future reference. You may find that other lozenges and numbing throat sprays have the same ingredients, so you will know to not take them. The concern is that if you had an allergic reaction this time, the next time could be worse. i.e. Anaphylaxis. Have you seen a doctor about your inflamed tonsils? Streptococcal infections "strep throat" is nothing you want to leave untreated. Deal with the root issue. You already have asthma, you can't afford to have additional inflammation to deal with. Try eating a popsicle or sucking on ice chips to ease the pain of that sore throat. A cough drop like Fisherman's Friend or Halls may at least keep your throat moist. Take some Ibuprofen for the pain. Hope you get some relief.
    blueempress 28 Replies
    • February 3, 2011
    • 07:21 AM
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  • I've had strep throat so many times but every time i go to the doctor it always comes back negative. i have been gargling every few hours (sometimes with mouthwash, salt water) i have been sucking on halls and ricola (i'll defiantly try the fisherman one though) as far as my knees and elbows..they are still all red and but not as itchy. i was even thinking just a really hot shower with a dye free and fragrance free body wash?i need to get better too. i have a mini vaca planed with my friends this weekend =/
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 3, 2011
    • 08:02 AM
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  • Hello - Yes, taking the Benadryl should help, but it is going to take a few days before your elbows and knees look normal - you have irritated them even more by scratching them I assume. Are they still itchy? If so, you may want to try a topical anaesthetic - such as Lanacaine cream that you can get over the counter at your pharmacy as long as it does NOT contain the same ingredients as the Cepacol lozenges. Obviously, don't take any more Cepacol lozenges - take note of the ingredients in the lozenges that you may be allergic to for future reference. You may find that other lozenges and numbing throat sprays have the same ingredients, so you will know to not take them. The concern is that if you had an allergic reaction this time, the next time could be worse. i.e. Anaphylaxis. Have you seen a doctor about your inflamed tonsils? Streptococcal infections "strep throat" is nothing you want to leave untreated. Deal with the root issue. You already have asthma, you can't afford to have additional inflammation to deal with. Try eating a popsicle or sucking on ice chips to ease the pain of that sore throat. A cough drop like Fisherman's Friend or Halls may at least keep your throat moist. Take some Ibuprofen for the pain. Hope you get some relief.every time i go to/have went to the doctor the strep throat test has 8 times out of 10 came back negative. in the past my doctor (when it was negative) to pop ibuprofen) and obvi when it was positive an antibiotic would work its magic within a few days. But anyway the rash i've had now is a little better. I took 2 benadryl with lunch today and another two just a few minutes ago. I'm applying lotion every few hours. The redness is still noticeable and the itchiness well it isn't as intense but still i want to scratch. i was even thinking of taking a hot shower with a fragrance free dye free body wash or that special lotion you put on yourself when you have the chicken pocks? i have no idea lol anyway tonsils do feel better but still not 100% i felt bad i had to take off work on tuesday b/c i could barely talk. drinking tea up the whazoo ( need to get to the store tomorrow n get some orange juice), i'm gargling every few hours (sometimes with mouthwash and sometimes with salt water) although i have to say the hydrogen peroxide is helping. it foamed alot today when i put some on with a q-tip n have actually noticed less pain. gonna try to get some sleep and NOT think about scratching.
    islandgal1791 6 Replies
    • February 3, 2011
    • 08:14 AM
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  • everytime i go to the doctor and get the strep throat test it always comes back negative. I do have though amox at home so i'm gonna get it into my system. i'm so freakin sick of gargling lol. the rash however has gone down. i'm so tired of this crap =(
    islandgal1791 6 Replies
    • February 4, 2011
    • 04:49 AM
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  • Getting a negative Strep test is not a bad thing. I am guessing by the fact that you have Amoxicillen that your doctor thought on previous occasions that you had a bacterial infection of your tonsils. The problem with self treating is that you run the risk of ending up with an antibiotic resistant infection which could potentially kill you. You likely don't have a full 10 days of Amoxicillen in full dose either. Please go see your doctor to have a throat culture and get a full prescription. It is possible too that you have a viral infection and the Amoxicillen will do nothing for it. Also mention your allergic reaction to the doc. Keep gargling :) Glad to hear that the rash is disappearing. Things will get better.
    blueempress 28 Replies
    • February 4, 2011
    • 07:25 PM
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  • yes i did have the amox from a previous treatment and it has been helping. b/c of the fact when it does come back postive my doc has always prescribed it every single time. eh well whatever. i've never had a side affect from itrash i all gone but i'm defiantly gonna mention it to my doc when i go see him. something off topic though..the other (idk if it is connected to anything) but i got very itchy in between my fingers..all of em..no redness no nothing just very itchy. i think at least by now the cepocol would be out of my system (i really hope so) and i even asked my mom and even she said she gets the itchiness once in a while in between her fingers. have no idea...very strange things i seem to have.
    islandgal1791 6 Replies
    • February 5, 2011
    • 03:53 AM
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