Most antibiotics can lead to side effects such as digestive problems in children. However, few of them can cause a skin rash. Amoxicillin is a commonly used antibiotic that comes in the form of capsules and tablets. One of the most commonly reported side effects of amoxicillin is a skin rash.
Depending on the sensitivity of the individual to the medication, the severity and color of the rash can vary. It can spread across the body in the form of flat red or purple patches. Amoxicillin rash can also appear as tiny white and red bumps on the skin.
The antibiotic is derived from penicillin, which often leads to allergic reactions in some people. However, doctors and researchers still have to figure out what exactly causes an amoxicillin rash.
In this article, we will learn what an amoxicillin rash looks like and what you can do to manage it effectively. We will also take a look at the possible reasons behind the development of the rash. So, let’s get right into it.
What Does An Amoxicillin Rash Look Like?
An amoxicillin rash can develop in two forms depending on the allergic reaction in the aprentiate. It can either be a maculopapular rash or in the form of hives.
A maculopapular rash can occur any time after taking the medication. But it usually develops within three to ten days. You will notice flat pink or purple spots appearing in a symmetrical pattern all over your body. Contrary to popular belief, the rash isn’t contagious. It starts fading after three days and disappears completely within six days.
Some people develop hives after taking amoxicillin. It is basically an allergic reaction to penicillin. You may experience tiny bumps appearing on your different parts of your skin. These red bumps are itchy and keep changing their location.
Hives can spread and develop into a severe rash. If you notice any raised bumps or experience breathing problems after taking a dose of amoxicillin, contact your doctor or healthcare provider right away.
What Causes An Amoxicillin Rash?
Thanks to the advancement in medical research, not many children or adults get a skin rash from antibiotics nowadays. Researchers aren’t sure about how a maculopapular rash develops. However, hives are confirmed to be an allergic reaction to penicillin.
If your child develops a mild rash, it may be a slight reaction to the medication. You don’t need to worry about it.
How To Treat An Amoxicillin Rash?
Over-the-counter medications such as Benadryl are an effective solution for itchy rashes. You should always consult with your doctor before taking an antibiotic. It helps rule out any allergic reactions that you may have after taking the medication.
Unfortunately, rashes can be very confusing. A rash could mean nothing or it could be the result of an allergy. If it is an allergic reaction, it can spread quickly and become severe. It may even put your life at risk.
All in all, it’s important to consult with your doctor before starting any medication. If you keep getting rashes from certain antibiotics, your doctor may recommend you to use an alternate drug. You can also use an ointment to relieve the itchiness of the rash.
This article reviewed by Dr. Jim Liu, MD and Ms. Deb Dooley, APRN.
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