Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Rash due to Medication 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.

Rash due to Medication 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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PubMed Rash due to Medication References
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