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A 22-year-old female asked:

If a child doesn t have penicillin allergy and when he took augmantin 400 he had skin redness on neck can he took amoxicillin 250?

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Dr. Powlin Manuel
Allergy and Immunology 53 years experience
Yes you can!: If the child is not allergic to penicillin, it is okay to give amoxicilline.
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Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
Allergy and Immunology 16 years experience
Augmentin has amoxicillin in it. Need to determine if the rashes were due to allergy to Augmentin. If it is the case, he can't take amox.
Jun 17, 2013
Dr. Linda Green
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 47 years experience
Drug allergy: The majority of children who have an allergic reaction to Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) will probably react to Amoxicillin as well since Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) contains amoxicillin. Some people will be allergic to Amoxicillin and not penicillin but most will also be react to penicillin. A visit to an allergist may help sort this out and determine the best alternative antibiotics.
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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Penicillin: This is a tricky one, after how many tablets of Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) did he develop the skin redness, during or after the treatment? Usually delayed reactions are not a contraindication to use the medication, so if he needs be on amox he can still use it but you need to watch him and see if he develops any rashes from the medication, this time it may be more rapid in onset.
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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 60 years experience
Penicillen allergy: He may not have a drug allergy at all. One would expect a drug allergy to affect the whole body rather than be localized in one area. If the rash persists i would recommend you see a dermatologist.
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Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
Allergy and Immunology 16 years experience
Might not: If it was true penicillin allergy and your child develops skin rashes to augmentin, (amoxicillin and clavulanate) he should not take amoxicillin, a synthetic penicillin. Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) contains Amoxicillin and clavulanate. However, most of the time, childhood penicillin allergy is not true allergy. A viral exanthem might occur at the same time that the child takes penicillin. An allergist can help you figure this out.
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Last updated Jan 5, 2019

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