Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Drug Rash Home Care

Home care for drug dermatitis includes:

  • Wash your skin gently with mild soap twice a day.
  • Apply 1% hydrocortisone cream:
    • Apply to the skin, 4 times a day.
  • Use hypoallergenic cosmetics.
  • Use hypoallergenic soap.
    • Neutrogena
  • Avoid scratching: this can cause infection.
  • Apply a cold compress:
    • Compress may reduce swelling
    • Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours.
  • Apply a moisturizer for dry skin:
    • Lubriderm
    • Eucerin
  • Oral antihistamines for itching:
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Drug Rash Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have drug dermatitis and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Feb 15, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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