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Dermatitis Drug Overview

Another name for Dermatitis Drug is Drug Dermatitis.

What is drug dermatitis?
A person with drug dermatitis has a rash that is caused by a medication, vitamin or herb. The drug may be taken by mouth, or used on the skin. The rash may be a side effect of the medication or be the result of an allergic reaction to the substance. Skin creams, lotions, and ointments can also cause drug dermatitis. Drug dermatitis is common and resolves when the drug is stopped.

What are the symptoms of drug dermatitis?
Symptoms of drug dermatitis include a rash that may be limited to the skin that came into contact with the drug. In some cases, the rash may cover the entire body. Drug dermatitis is often hive-like, itchy, and may peel.

How does the doctor treat drug dermatitis?
Treatment for drug dermatitis includes gentle skin cleansing, oral antihistamines, topical corticosteroids, oral corticosteroids, and oatmeal baths (Aveeno).

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Last Updated: Apr 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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