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A 25-year-old female asked:

took cephalexin for infection. now have itchy, flaky skin on my scalp, in my ears, & pelvic area. allergy meds/creams don't work. still have inital infection.?

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Allergy vs fungus: This could be an allergic reaction although it should be everywhere on your body, not just scalp, ears and groin. It could very well be that the Cephalexin has suppressed your immune systems synergistic bacteria that keeps typical candidal fungus species at bay and this is the side effect. Happens a lot with women treated for urinary tract infxns then getting yeast infxn due to the antibiotic.

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I have a sore throat and a stuffy nose and sore muscles, do I have a cold or the flu? It is cold outside

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Would it be possible that a pregnant woman take benadryl/antihistamine to treat an allergic reaction or help allergy induced asthma?

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I have the following symptoms head hurts fever of 99 throat n chest on fire ears hurt too:?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Infection: You have an illness...Probably viral (because most illnesses are). Strep throat can also produce those symptoms. It is always a good choice to be seen when you feel so awful...If ears hurt too it could be an ear infection and having treatment choices is very helpful. Make an appointment to be seen.
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I have visible blood in my urine and went to hospital and they said I had a UTI infection but my left kidney is in bad pain, is this from a uti?

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Dr. PHILLIP KIM
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