Drug Allergy Treatment

Call 911 if the person has:

1. When to See a Doctor

See a doctor immediately for these symptoms:

  • A fast-spreading painful red or blistered area on the skin
  • Top layer of skin peels off in sheets without blistering
  • Scalded-looking raw areas of flesh
  • Discomfort
  • Fever
  • Condition spreading to eyes, mouth, and genitals

Call the doctor as soon as possible if the person has:

  • Swollen face, tongue, or lips, even without breathing difficulty or increase in swelling

See Severe Allergic Reaction Treatment.

2. Stop Taking the Drug that Triggered the Reaction

3. Control Itching

For a mild reaction:

  • Use cool compresses on the area or have the person take cool showers.
  • Avoid strong soaps, detergents, and other chemicals.
  • Stay in a cool room. Have the person wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothes.

4. Follow Up

  • Call or see a doctor if home treatment doesn't help or symptoms get worse.
  • Serious symptoms may require a hospital stay.
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on November 27, 2015

Sources

SOURCES:

Kaiser Permanente: "Drug Allergies" and "Medication Allergies: Treatment Overview."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Tips to Remember: Medications and Drug Allergic Reactions."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis."

Drug Allergy Information from eMedicineHealth.

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