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Pretty severe itchy rash after Amoxicillin reaction

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 2, 2007
  • 09:26 AM

Title says it all.
I was to take Amoxicillin for 10 days (prescription by dentist for tooth problem), on day 7 I woke up with a rash around upper torso. By the next day, it had spread full-body except for my head. The rash was spotted with big pink spots that were so thick in places it just covered all my skin.
At this point there actually was no itch, neither did the rash even hurt, felt more embarrassing then anything.
And of course I stopped taking Amox as soon as I saw the rash.

Now I've had the rash since Tuesday morning, it is now Saturday around 2:14am, I can't sleep, the itching is killing me slowly but surely. The rash itself is actually leaving, it is going away in the same pattern it came. Now the rash is really only visible from my knees down.

I have been taking cold showers and not going in the sun so as not to upset it. I have a regular lotion which helps "dry, itchy skin". I also have Califlora Gel as well as Gold Bond medicated anti-itch cream. None of these things are cutting the itching back at this point, it is driving me insane! It feels like pins and needles, I am compelled to at least touch the spot that itches, I am trying not to actually scratch.

The main problem areas are around my joints, elbows and knees. Moreso now at the knees since that is where the rash is worst. I tried sleeping in cotton full length jammies, tried bare-legged, tried putting a fan on my legs to keep cool. I even rubbed Aloevera juice on it but it will not stop bugging me. As of now I've got 15 layers of lotions on it and I can't put any more!

I'm at wits end, if this itching doesn't stop, I can't do anything! Help! What works?

Thanks a ton!

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  • I started on Amoxicillin (875mg) on a Friday morning and by Sunday morning I had the rash everywhere. Although I believe I may have had signs of it on Saturday and didn't realize it.I started out with a cold the week of Thanksgiving, had an ear infection the next week where I was prescribed the amoxicillin and then developed the rash by the 3rd day of taking it. After searching online I found this among several other sites where I was able to self diagnose myself with an allergic reaction to the amoxicillin and called the doctor back for advise on what to do next. Thank God for google. I had noticed on Saturday that my lips looked a little fuller, but didn't realize at the time that swollen lips were one of the signs of an allergic reaction. In retrospect I realize that my ankles were also swollen and I was starting to itch on Saturday night.On Sunday my doctor prescribed a 6 day doseage of Methylprednisolone for the amoxicillin allergy and SMZ/TMP. Today is Friday so it's 1 week after I first took the amoxicillin and I'm hoping the rash is at it's peak. In addition to the hives and itching I've had swollen legs, ankles, and abdomen. Since I only took one day off from work I'm guessing the swelling might not have occured if I had been able to bed rest. I can't say for sure if the prednisolone has helped or not. I stopped taking it for a couple of days when my symptoms seemed to be getting worse and I wasn't sure anything was helping. I'm also noticing that I'm not urinating as often and am also very thirsty. I went through about 6 (18-20 oz) glasses of water at work one day. I'm not sure if this is related to the amoxicillin or something else I was taking. I was concerned about this since it seems like this would be one of the ways to flush and remove the amoxicillin from my system. I haven't had any breathing difficulties, joint pain and I don't think my case is as severe as some of the others I've read about.One thing I'm curious about, but haven't seen anyone mention anything about, is that in 2005 I was on amoxicillin when I broke out in a rash and it was discovered that I had mono. In that case the rash never became very bad and went away quickly. After reading that the mono stays in your system, but dormant, for pretty much the rest of your life, I'm curious if my reaction to the amoxicillin is a result of my former diagnosis of mono. I've read that once you have mono you will always test positive for it so I'm wondering if the fact that I had a reaction to it now is because the amoxicillin was reacting with what was still in my system from the mono back in 2005 or if it is a true allergy. When the doctor that prescribed the amoxicillin for my ear infection asked me if I was allergic to penicillin I said "not that I was aware of" and that I had been on it several years prior when I had mono. Since the doctor went ahead and prescribed the amoxicillin anyway I assumed it was okay, but now I'm not sure if this is doctor negligence or if I truly do have an allergic reaction to penicillin. Either way I won't be taking it again and I'm not sure I'd recommend anyone with mono ever taking amoxicillin later in life. As I said, my case doesn't seem to be as severe as some. Today is my 6th day with the rash and it was visibly noticeable on my face today where I had been able to conceal it under makeup the rest of the week. For me taking a shower followed by putting on Benadryl cream immediately after toweling off helped with the itching. Your skin absorbs lotion best when just out of the shower and still moist. I also took Claritin as this is what my doctor suggested when I had mono and it helps some. For the swelling I'm trying to avoid salty foods as much as possible. I've also been trying to drink lots of water and Gatorade to keep myself hydrated and I did read that genseng or green tea helps so I tried that today and noticed I'm urinating more than I have been in the past few days so I'm hoping that I'm flushing the amoxicllin out now. I'm not saying I'd necessarily recommend that to anyone, it just happened to work for me. I've been sleeping with my legs elevated the past few nights to help with the swelling and that has helped some, but I have found myself very tired. I'm not sure if this is part of it or one of the medications, but as long as I'm sleeping I'm not itching.I've come to the conclusion after reading much online that the amount of time someone has the rash seems to vary considerably. I imagine a large part of it has to do with how much you took. From what I've come across the rash tends to last about a week on average with cases ranging from 2 days to 1 month. I'd advise anyone to immediately stop taking the amoxicillin upon the first signs of swelling or a rash. I'd even go so far as to recommend that someone check their body in the morning and again in the evening to look for signs of an allergic reaction in order to stop using the medication upon first signs of a reaction. The less you have in your system then hopefully the faster you'll get over the rash. I'd also recommend that anyone with mono not take amoxicillin in the future or anyone that experiences a negative reaction once not try taking amoxicillin again. From what I hear if you get the rash more than once it seems to get worse each time. Obviously if you have trouble breathing you should get yourself to an ER as soon as possible. On my 5th day with the rash I contacted my doctor and explained that I hadn't seen any improvement. They didn't offer much help and from what I've read online and learned from other people's experiences in most cases you just have to wait it out. The prednisolone I was prescribed might have helped, but I can't say one way or another. Otherwise I found the doctors to be pretty ignorant and unhelpful in identifying and preventing this problem. From what I have found by the amount of information online it seems to be a fairly common problem so I'm surprised at the amount of doctors that would continue to prescribe amoxicillin and especially in my case where I had a reaction to it before, even if it was due to mono.
    Ksgirl 1 Replies
    • December 12, 2009
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  • I was prescribed Amoxicillin for tonsulitis. Ten minutes after taking my first tablet my hands and feet had swelled up like balloons, they went bright red, were burning and itching. I rang my doctor who came out immediately and brought some other tablets for me. He has written on my medical notes that I am never to be prescribed penicillin in any form.Since I was three years old throughout my life I have had penicillin in tablet and injections and have never had any adverse reaction. It is the Amoxicillin that seems to be the product which causes these bad reactions. I do hope you all get over your bad reactions soon.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 14, 2009
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  • Here my suggestions: First of all, be very catious with this stuff. Even if you had never an allergic reaction for your whole life, even if you have taken antibiotics without trouble beforehand, you may have a reaction nevertheless. If you had mononucleosis at one point, try to avoid Amoxicillin. Since you still have the Ebstein Barr Virus in your Blood, a reaction is more likely. Stop taking the mediacament as soon as you see the slightest symptoms, even if it is just a slighly reddend skin or a tingle at the hands and feets. That's just the beginning, and the less you have from the stuff in your body, the better. Don't bother with Antihistamine. They don't help. I recommend Cortisone. To be taken as soon as possible, before the rash is spreading to the face. If you have the feeling that you can't breath properly any longer, go to the hospital immediatly. Concerning the itch, there isn't much you can do. I recomment to move as little as possible, because walking around will make it worse. The best is to lay in the bed as much as possible and read a book to distract you. If you really can't stand it anylonger, take a bath (but not too often and not longer than 10 minutes, or your skin will get dry). Regulate the temperatur to whatever feels good for you (not necessarily cold, for some people hot water actually works better...I prefered lukewarm).Cremes don't help. They actually make it worse. Use only soap and lotion, which has no perfum in it and can be used by people with dermatitis. And here a special tip: When my rash was in the worst stadium, I got desperate and rubbed camomiles tea bags over my skin. Believe it or not: It worked! I am not sure if it worked because of the camomiles, the placebo effect or if the rash had simply run its course, but since I haven't found a better suggestion to date, you may want to try it out.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 15, 2009
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  • I'm going through this now. The rash started on the 4th day on my torso and spread quickly in all directions. Groin (unfortunately) has been the worst. I immediately stopped taking the Amox and a pharmacist recommended taking Benedryl, which did nothing. Nor did Zyrtec or Claritin. Yesterday, my 5th day of rash and at my wits' end, I went to the doctor and she prescribed a steroid - Methylprednisolone. I'm on day 2 of this and the rash is starting to recede. However, my legs in particular are still itching like crazy and the steroid has made my face flame. I noticed this evening that my legs turn a blotchy purple where I've been scratching. It's somewhat alarming but it comes and goes. I have found that soaking a towel in cold water and wrapping it around my legs provides great relief. I strongly recommend it, since all the lotions I've tried, including cotisone 10, haven't done much to help. Ice packs on my face help with the burning caused by the steroid. I have my fingers crossed that there will be more improvement tomorrow ....
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 18, 2009
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  • Good morning to whomever. I just received a frantic call from my 6 year old sons mother. It seems our boy, Cameron, has a rash all over his body, red bumps similiar to measles. So I immediately went to my laptop to see what I could find, and here I am. As I'm learning here, it sounds like a reaction from his medicine, amoxicillion. His doctor was called and he thought the same and wants to see Cameron this morning. So I guess I'm trying to get some info on what to expect and how to comfort my little guy since he will be wiyh me the next few days. I'm concerned about the itching I'm reading about. Any GOOD remedies that might help my son deal with the itching? Thanks Jim.The only thing that worked for me is soaking a towel in cold water, wringing it out and wrapping it around the body.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 22, 2009
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  • I should like to share my experience of allergic reaction to Amoxicllin. I was prescribed 500mg 3 times a day for 5 days to cure a chest infection. Six days after this I noticed a rash developing on my neck, chest and upper arms, also my back and a little on my upper legs. There was no itching and I didn't think much of it at the time. The following day, the rash had more than doubled. My back was covered as were my arms. The following day the rash was even worse and I knew I had to see a doctor, however, this was on Saturday so I waited a further 2 days to see my GP.I got an emergency appointment and firstly saw the nurse who pulled a face and made noises and said I had better see the doctor. The doctor made the same face and noises as the nurse and said that I had a viral infection, that it was in my system and had to work its way out. It would get redder then darker then go. I had no itching at this time.The day after I saw my GP, the rash was even worse, but I accepted what the doctor had told me and assumed it was following its course. Then the itching started. Two days after seeing my GP, the itching was unbearable. The rash was red, angry, inflamed, and my skin was swollen. 95% of my body mass was red swollen itching rash. My partner took me to A&E.The nurses at A&E took one look at me and asked how I had stood it so far. The consultant doctor I saw said he had never seen such a bad reaction - it was even on the palms of may hands and soles of my feet. I was given immediately IV Piritone which helped the itching so much. After a chest x-ray and getting my bloods checked, I was given a steroid injection, then a 4 day course of 6 x 5mg daily Prednisone which I have just finished.The rash has faded right down on most of my body, although my legs are still pretty purple. However, the itching just won't go. Yesterday I stayed in bed, not asleep, just exhausted, until 2.30pm and it relieved the itching. As soon as I got up, it came back with a vengeance. Kalomine lotion helps a little, as does a nice warm bath, but nothing is stopping the itching, although it is not so deep now and sometimes pressure will relieve it rather than scratching.My skin is tarting to peel a little now, and in places is going very dry and cracking. I am hoping that this is moving towards the end stages now but I don't know. I am sorry that this post is so long, but I hope that someone else may relate to it as I have to other posts on this thread. I would urge anyone to seek emergency medical attention at the first sign of a rash after taking Amoxicillin and not do as I did, which was not want to bother anyone. Good luck to anyone suffering from this frustrating reaction.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 29, 2009
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  • Quoting someone above me... "One thing I'm curious about, but haven't seen anyone mention anything about, is that in 2005 I was on amoxicillin when I broke out in a rash and it was discovered that I had mono. In that case the rash never became very bad and went away quickly."I was prescribed amoxicillin for a 10 day regimin for an ear infection and bronchitis. I finished day 8 and started breaking out in hives on my arms (which i though were from a new wool sweater that i had worn that day). Needless to say, they didn't go away. By the time I woke up on day 9 they covered my legs, arms, neck and started to move up my face. I called my doctor. He said stop taking the amoxicillin and take some benadryl. Well today would be day 10 of the amox, and i'm still covered in these itchy things however they are only on the inside and outside of my legs and surrounding my elbows a little up and down each arm, and a little under my chin and neck... I saw the doctor today, and he tested me for mono, I have never had it, and the test came back negative. So he said it's what's called a "Medication Eruption" which i read about here - http://www.skinsight.com/adult/drugEruption.htmThe only thing that I find to help soothe the itch is Aveeno Oatmeal Bath... however it only works for about 90 minutes after getting out of the bath. The benadryl just makes me tired... and I even bought the benadryl topical cream but it only works for a few minutes too. Hope this helps someone going thru the same thing.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 31, 2009
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  • Just wanted to tell my story real quick as this thread helped me get thru a reaction I had to Amoxocillian.Was taking 875 mg/twice a day for a sinus infection. On day 9 (Saturday) of the antibiotic, I woke up and my feet and hands itched like crazy. My cheeks were real red and puffy and started to get a non itchy rash on my tummy. Within about 7 hours, the rash spread all over, even my head. Took Benadryl, helped a little but not much. Got in to see my doc on Tuesday. He diagnosed me with the allergic Amoxocillian rash as well as Dermatographism. Took Zyrtec, all gone except for the itching feet and hands which in total, last about 2 weeks from the time they started itching. A week later, I broke out in another rash just on my butt, back and front of thighs and knees. Back to the doc, he said it was eczema. Used cortisone cream and voila, it was gone within a few days.One thing that helped very much was a cool shower. Also, I iced my feet and hands to stop the swelling and itching.So, to sum it up, I had 3 different rashes/skin conditions from taking a $10.00 RX of Amoxocillian for 9 days. The worst part of it all was that it affected my xmas but at least all is good now. For any of you who are going thru this right now, the best advice I can give is stop taking Amoxocillian as soon as you realize there is a rash or swelling, call your doctor immediately and hang in there, things will get better!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 8, 2010
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  • Hi, I have been on amoxicillin for 8 days now for an ear infection and tonsillitis and I am completely covered in this rash aswell. Mine started around my stomach in the evening of day 7 of taking the antibiotics. It Was not itchy at the beginning and is now extremely itchy. I went to see the doctor again and she said it is a reaction to the antibiotic. She recommends benadryl or calamine cream for the itching. The rash is supposed to be gone in 3 days.It started on the stomach and spread on the arms, back and legs overnight. Throughout day 2 of the rash it spread onto my face, neck, hands, palms and feet. I was also suggested to have a baking soda bath to reduce the itchiness.You are not allergic to amoxicillin and most likely will not get these symptoms the next time you take it.Happy Scratching!if you had tonsillitis and an ear infection and got a rash.. hmm make sure to get tested for mono. bc i thought i had the same and got amox to treat it then found out i had mono and had the same symptoms of tonsillitis. which caused me to break out in a rash from the amox.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 15, 2010
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  • I'm going through this now. The rash started on the 4th day on my torso and spread quickly in all directions. Groin (unfortunately) has been the worst. I immediately stopped taking the Amox and a pharmacist recommended taking Benedryl, which did nothing. Nor did Zyrtec or Claritin. Yesterday, my 5th day of rash and at my wits' end, I went to the doctor and she prescribed a steroid - Methylprednisolone. I'm on day 2 of this and the rash is starting to recede. However, my legs in particular are still itching like crazy and the steroid has made my face flame. I noticed this evening that my legs turn a blotchy purple where I've been scratching. It's somewhat alarming but it comes and goes. I have found that soaking a towel in cold water and wrapping it around my legs provides great relief. I strongly recommend it, since all the lotions I've tried, including cotisone 10, haven't done much to help. Ice packs on my face help with the burning caused by the steroid. I have my fingers crossed that there will be more improvement tomorrow ....FOLLOW UP: It's now more than a month later and, while the rash has gone, I am still itching LIKE CRAZY! The only thing that helps is Advil, but I don't want to be taking drugs every day, so I try and manage without for a few days before conceding defeat and taking more. Anyone got any suggestions?? My body looks like I've been flayed.
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    • January 25, 2010
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  • Title says it all.I was to take Amoxicillin for 10 days (prescription by dentist for tooth problem), on day 7 I woke up with a rash around upper torso. By the next day, it had spread full-body except for my head. The rash was spotted with big pink spots that were so thick in places it just covered all my skin.At this point there actually was no itch, neither did the rash even hurt, felt more embarrassing then anything.And of course I stopped taking Amox as soon as I saw the rash.Now I've had the rash since Tuesday morning, it is now Saturday around 2:14am, I can't sleep, the itching is killing me slowly but surely. The rash itself is actually leaving, it is going away in the same pattern it came. Now the rash is really only visible from my knees down.I have been taking cold showers and not going in the sun so as not to upset it. I have a regular lotion which helps "dry, itchy skin". I also have Califlora Gel as well as Gold Bond medicated anti-itch cream. None of these things are cutting the itching back at this point, it is driving me insane! It feels like pins and needles, I am compelled to at least touch the spot that itches, I am trying not to actually scratch.The main problem areas are around my joints, elbows and knees. Moreso now at the knees since that is where the rash is worst. I tried sleeping in cotton full length jammies, tried bare-legged, tried putting a fan on my legs to keep cool. I even rubbed Aloevera juice on it but it will not stop bugging me. As of now I've got 15 layers of lotions on it and I can't put any more!I'm at wits end, if this itching doesn't stop, I can't do anything! Help! What works?Thanks a ton!Thank you for posting the sequence of the rash. I woke up Tuesday morning also after taking Amox for 7 days with a rash. I now have it all over my body, which as you pointed out does not really bother me. I hadn't filled my benedryl med but I am going to seeing as to how this rash develops. thanks so much it has been a big help your posting..
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  • Title says it all.I was to take Amoxicillin for 10 days (prescription by dentist for tooth problem), on day 7 I woke up with a rash around upper torso. By the next day, it had spread full-body except for my head. The rash was spotted with big pink spots that were so thick in places it just covered all my skin.At this point there actually was no itch, neither did the rash even hurt, felt more embarrassing then anything.And of course I stopped taking Amox as soon as I saw the rash.Now I've had the rash since Tuesday morning, it is now Saturday around 2:14am, I can't sleep, the itching is killing me slowly but surely. The rash itself is actually leaving, it is going away in the same pattern it came. Now the rash is really only visible from my knees down.I have been taking cold showers and not going in the sun so as not to upset it. I have a regular lotion which helps "dry, itchy skin". I also have Califlora Gel as well as Gold Bond medicated anti-itch cream. None of these things are cutting the itching back at this point, it is driving me insane! It feels like pins and needles, I am compelled to at least touch the spot that itches, I am trying not to actually scratch.The main problem areas are around my joints, elbows and knees. Moreso now at the knees since that is where the rash is worst. I tried sleeping in cotton full length jammies, tried bare-legged, tried putting a fan on my legs to keep cool. I even rubbed Aloevera juice on it but it will not stop bugging me. As of now I've got 15 layers of lotions on it and I can't put any more!I'm at wits end, if this itching doesn't stop, I can't do anything! Help! What works?Thanks a ton!Try using really strong organic peppermint tea. Let it steep until it is cool, add a little ice, and use a wash cloth to dab it on. It's the only thing that helped when I had a rash from Amoxicillin.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 13, 2010
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  • It sounds like a classic case of hives. I suggest getting some anti-itch cream, calamine lotion, and some antihistamines.
    aleasha89 34 Replies
    • February 14, 2010
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  • I should like to share my experience of allergic reaction to Amoxicllin. I was prescribed 500mg 3 times a day for 5 days to cure a chest infection. Six days after this I noticed a rash developing on my neck, chest and upper arms, also my back and a little on my upper legs. There was no itching and I didn't think much of it at the time. The following day, the rash had more than doubled. My back was covered as were my arms. The following day the rash was even worse and I knew I had to see a doctor, however, this was on Saturday so I waited a further 2 days to see my GP.I got an emergency appointment and firstly saw the nurse who pulled a face and made noises and said I had better see the doctor. The doctor made the same face and noises as the nurse and said that I had a viral infection, that it was in my system and had to work its way out. It would get redder then darker then go. I had no itching at this time.The day after I saw my GP, the rash was even worse, but I accepted what the doctor had told me and assumed it was following its course. Then the itching started. Two days after seeing my GP, the itching was unbearable. The rash was red, angry, inflamed, and my skin was swollen. 95% of my body mass was red swollen itching rash. My partner took me to A&E.The nurses at A&E took one look at me and asked how I had stood it so far. The consultant doctor I saw said he had never seen such a bad reaction - it was even on the palms of may hands and soles of my feet. I was given immediately IV Piritone which helped the itching so much. After a chest x-ray and getting my bloods checked, I was given a steroid injection, then a 4 day course of 6 x 5mg daily Prednisone which I have just finished.The rash has faded right down on most of my body, although my legs are still pretty purple. However, the itching just won't go. Yesterday I stayed in bed, not asleep, just exhausted, until 2.30pm and it relieved the itching. As soon as I got up, it came back with a vengeance. Kalomine lotion helps a little, as does a nice warm bath, but nothing is stopping the itching, although it is not so deep now and sometimes pressure will relieve it rather than scratching.My skin is tarting to peel a little now, and in places is going very dry and cracking. I am hoping that this is moving towards the end stages now but I don't know. I am sorry that this post is so long, but I hope that someone else may relate to it as I have to other posts on this thread. I would urge anyone to seek emergency medical attention at the first sign of a rash after taking Amoxicillin and not do as I did, which was not want to bother anyone. Good luck to anyone suffering from this frustrating reaction.FOLLOW UPIt is exactly 2 months to the day since the rash first began to appear. I am only now feeling as though I am finally getting over this. I only hope this story helps some others who will doubtless go through this and like me, panic when it lasts so long.I have had to take a month off work - my skin came off and I looked as though I had suffered burns. It hurt to wash or bathe. It still itched like crazy. The only cream I could put on was E45 cream - everything else hurt too much, even the mildest cream. I was covering myself in cream at least a dozen times a day. The pharmacist then recomended Vasaline - but that hurt so I switched back to E45. After a bit, I used Vasaline on the soles of my feet and that did help. It was only last week that my skin finally stopped falling off.For the last month I have been exceptionally tired to the extent that I have got up from bed and within minutes been asleep on the settee. My doctor said that it was not unusual after such an infection to suffer fatigue, but I didn't expect it to go on so long.My blood tests last week finally came back clear so I am hopeful that whatever this was is finally coming to an end.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 17, 2010
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  • Hi, I have been on amoxicillin for 8 days now for an ear infection and tonsillitis and I am completely covered in this rash aswell. Mine started around my stomach in the evening of day 7 of taking the antibiotics. It Was not itchy at the beginning and is now extremely itchy. I went to see the doctor again and she said it is a reaction to the antibiotic. She recommends benadryl or calamine cream for the itching. The rash is supposed to be gone in 3 days.It started on the stomach and spread on the arms, back and legs overnight. Throughout day 2 of the rash it spread onto my face, neck, hands, palms and feet. I was also suggested to have a baking soda bath to reduce the itchiness.You are not allergic to amoxicillin and most likely will not get these symptoms the next time you take it.Happy Scratching!You are very much so allergic to this if you break out in a rash. I was put on amoxicillin for my recent sinus infection and I only had one day left of taking the medicine (a week's worth) and I began breaking out in a rash on my stomach and arms; it's not on my legs, feet, hands, sides, and lower back. It itches but I'm making it. My doctor told me to take Benedryl every 6 hours and drink a lot of water to flush the amoxicillin out of my body. But it's not that medicine necessarily that I'm allergic to; he told me it was the penicillin in that antibiotic that I'm allergic to and I didn't know I was allergic to it until I began breaking out. So he recommended I carry a card on my that says I'm allergic to penicillin. So good luck to all of you out there suffering from the same rash. If you just do as your doctor says then it will get better sooner rather then later. I just keep taking the Benedryl and drinking fluids and I resist itching when it itches. I'm sure itching it will only make it worse. So try to avoid that! Anytime you are put on a medicine and you feel like something is wrong, you should ALWAYS contact your doctor or it could get really bad or could become deadly.
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  • You are very much so allergic to this if you break out in a rash. I was put on amoxicillin for my recent sinus infection and I only had one day left of taking the medicine (a week's worth) and I began breaking out in a rash on my stomach and arms; it's not on my legs, feet, hands, sides, and lower back. It itches but I'm making it. My doctor told me to take Benedryl every 6 hours and drink a lot of water to flush the amoxicillin out of my body. But it's not that medicine necessarily that I'm allergic to; he told me it was the penicillin in that antibiotic that I'm allergic to and I didn't know I was allergic to it until I began breaking out. So he recommended I carry a card on my that says I'm allergic to penicillin. So good luck to all of you out there suffering from the same rash. If you just do as your doctor says then it will get better sooner rather then later. I just keep taking the Benedryl and drinking fluids and I resist itching when it itches. I'm sure itching it will only make it worse. So try to avoid that! Anytime you are put on a medicine and you feel like something is wrong, you should ALWAYS contact your doctor or it could get really bad or could become deadly.Although you can definitely be allergic to amox, the rash doesn't necessarily mean that you are. I'm on amox for a sinus infection and a rash like others described is all over my body. I went to my doc and he told me I AM NOT alergic. The rash can occur as any other drug side effect does. He actually is having me finish my amox dosage because he said stopping or switching drugs won't make the rash go away any faster. The drug has caused the effect in it system and will just run its course. My advice would be see your doctor but DONT ASSUME THAT YOU ARE ALLERGIC!!!
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  • I had four wisdom teeth yanked.I was prescribed amoxicillin.My face is really itchy and puffy.
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  • I had been experiencing a recurring neck pain only on the left side under my ear that eventually was diagnosed with a core needle biopsy as necrosis of my lymph nodes. Both a CT scan with contrast and my blood work came back within normal limits. I tested negative for HIV, lyme disease, mono and strep throat. An ENT specialist could not pinpoint what was causing these swollen glands, but hypothesized it was nothing more than a viral infection with no present malignancies.After about a week of taking the antibiotic Augmentin (from the amoxicillin family), I broke out in a severe rash on my face, neck, back, chest and stomach. I was referred back to my primary care physician and was told this was an allergic reaction to the drug. After stopping the medicine, the rash continued to spread all over my arms and legs, although it did begin to clear on the rest of the effected areas. I was taking Benadryl every 4 hours and using hydroccortizone cream, but nothing helped the itch. My skin felt hot and swollen, and I began twitching if I dozed off - which I think was my body's attempt to itch. I spent about four days without sleep and incessantly scratching until I finally went to the emergency room (during a long holiday weekend) and was prescribed the corticosteroid prednisone, hydrorxyzine and valium as needed to sleep. Since the rash persisted while taking Benadryl, and continues to itch (although the rash spots are gone) on the palms of my hands and feet, I'm not convinced this is an allergic reaction and could be instead a symptom of whatever virus I may have had that caused my swollen lymph nodes. My neck is now feeling fine and the hard, tender mass has subsided. It's frustrating to have no definite answers. Can anyone tell me how long it took for the amoxicillin rash and itching to stop? I was originally told 48 hours, but still am having (although more minor) symptoms after 4-5 days.I empathize with the rest of you and can only say, it does eventually get better, although the itch can be torturous for a few days, especially without the correct treatment! I still have two more days on the steroid and have been struggling with staying alert during the day on the antihistamine, but I think I'm finally on the mend. Hang in there!!!
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  • WEll, Richard. I have been diagnosed with candida overload thru a stool exam in the past. I have struggled with candida related issues (not going to elaborate on these as you clearly don't believe there ARE candida related issues) ever since the birth of my children over six years ago. I see candida overload fairly frequently in my acupuncture clinic. My fibro patients show candida signs, as well as other chronic patients. MOST patients I've seen have been female, and I think this is a more common occurance due to hormonal changes. You have been very lucky not to have had any issues with candida due to your antibiotic use. Not only have I had problems with this, but also clostridium difficile infection, which I would not wish on my worst enemy! C. Diff is becoming increasingly common and harder to treat. It saddens me that many docs today still don't think about candida unless you are a late stage AIDs patient. I find Dr. Crook's book, the Candida Connection, a very good source of info on candida. I certainly don't mean to imply that EVERYONE will suffer from this problem, but some do. Best wishesDOMAll this homeopathic crap is just that, crap. That stuff doesn't really work. I work in a pharmacy, and basically that stuff works just like a placeboo. You feel better because you think you're getting better. The mind can be a powerful thing. People can even get sick just because they think they're getting sick, so the body makes them sick. Also, as for fibro patients, fibromyalgia is a joke, and is for the most part, not really accepted by most doctors, mostly because despite the patients complaining about pain, there is no physical evidence. Most likely it's a mental issue with the patients, like hypochondria, or someone just looking for attention (like my mother-in-law).I had this rash about 3 years ago and it lasted about 2 weeks for me. 2 long and miserable weeks. The doctor said that this rash only happens in one of two ways; either you're allergic to the medication, or if you have mono, taking a pencillin class drug, they can co-react and cause a rash. The doctor also said there wasn't much that could be done short of taking an antihistamine like Benadryl, using anti-itching cremes, corticosteroidal cremes, and taking oatmeal baths. Other than that, you can only wait for the rash to run its course. I'll tell you, though, it was a truly miserable 2 weeks. I couldn't sleep; could barely wear clothing; it took everything I had to keep from scratching my skin off. One lotion that I found that did seem to work decently was Eucerin's Calming Itch Relief. It waasn't perfect, but it did provide some temporary relief.
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  • I too got a rash after using Amoxicillan after oral surgery. It covers me from the neck to mid calf and is extremely itchy. A tepid bath with ground oatmeal helped some. What really helped was buying some cortisone spray at the drug store. I could reach my back and no rubbing was needed. I also got some Benedryl to take which helped me sleep through the night. Hope this helps!
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