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How can I control itching caused by drug allergy?

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For a mild reaction, you can ease itching caused by a drug allergy if you:

  • Give an adult an over-the-counter antihistamine. Check with a doctor before giving an antihistamine to a child.
  • 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.
  • For a rash, use calamine lotion.

From: Drug Allergy Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

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 .

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 05, 2018

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 .

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 05, 2018

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