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A 26-year-old female asked:

My 11 month old son was diagnosed with an ear infection 2 days ago and was prescribed amoxicilin today i notice a rash on his face is this an allergic reaction?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paul Wright
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Possibly: Amoxicillin is a great for an ear infection. Yet, some people have allergies to penicillin. However, what makes this hard to answer is sometimes agents that cause ear infections can cause a rash too! if it is only a light red rash and he has no other signs of something bothering him, you can watch to see if it goes away.But if any sores are in his mouth or a high fever he must be seen right away.
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Possibly: Most rashes while on antibiotics are more likely due to the body fighting off the infection than a reaction to the antibiotic. Having said this, i recommend discussing this with the prescribing physician and having the rash examined. Do not discontinue any medication without advise from his physician. Consult an allergist for possible testing if the rash is believed to be allergic in nature.
Last updated Jun 24, 2014

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