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Can antibiotics make you itch in your genitals and cause a rash on legs, thighs, abdominal areas?

Can antibiotics make you itch in your genitals and cause a rash on legs, thighs, abdominal areas?

Drug reaction: Some drug reactions are itchy rash, hives, facial swelling, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. These are typically considered allergic drug reactions and usually resolve by taking Benedryl and stopping the antibiotic. It is important to notify the treating physician of this reaction so that an allergy can be documented, and so that an alternative medicine can be prescribed to complete your treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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After one week of antibiotics for a tick bite, it still itches and it's a little red and firm, what should I do?

After one week of antibiotics for a tick bite, it still itches and it's a little red and firm, what should I do?

Steroid: Rub in a steroid cream. You may have a tube for poison ivy. Otc Hydrocortisone 1% is weak but may be enough. Don't be afraid to rub in several times a day. No need to wash before or after. If not ok in a week, see a dermatologist. Avoid antiseptics and antibiotics.If you have Bacitracin or neosporin do not use on this. Peroxide or alcohol will make it worse. Do not use a bandage. ...Read more

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I got bit by a tick in February and was tested positive for RMSF. I took the antibiotics for 24 days. I still have a bump that itches. Is that norm?

I got bit by a tick in February and was tested positive for RMSF.  I took the antibiotics for 24 days.  I still have a bump that itches.  Is that norm?

No: An itchy bump 6 mos later is not Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Usual treatment is 2 weeks of doxycycline. Your DR, or a dermatologist, may be able to explain the bump or at least give you something for it. ...Read more

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I have a 1.5 week old abrasion on my arm, partly healed, itches, hurts.. How do I treat it? Do i need antibiotics?

I have a 1.5 week old abrasion on my arm, partly healed, itches, hurts.. How do I treat it? Do i need antibiotics?

Needs to be checked: An abrasion which is more than 10 days old should have healed.F it is painful and not fullu healed, it needs to be evaluated as it may be infected.So if it is painful and itching get it checked by your doctor to see if you need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Hi,my umbilicus itches and has grey discharge with very bad smell.Been doing alcohol swab for a week but didn't work. Should i apply antibiotic cream?

Hi,my umbilicus itches and has grey discharge with very bad smell.Been doing alcohol swab for a week but didn't work. Should i apply antibiotic cream?

No: Omphalitis on an adult is usually due to a very deep umbilicus [persistent urachus may be the cause] and a hairy abdomen. The hairs have tiny barbs which cause them to line up and insinuate relentlessly into the base of the navel. This is very irritating. The remedy is to use a clamp which will enable removal of all the debris in there. I recommend Castellani solution. Alcohol and gentian violet w ...Read more

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My inner ear itches but I am already on antibiotics now. Is that a normal healing process?

My inner ear itches but I am already on antibiotics now. Is that a normal healing process?

Itching can be part: of the healing process. That is why cuts on the skin often itch while they heal, daring you to scratch it and risk breaking it open again. That is why sometimes a completely healed over scar can still itch. Having said that, worsening itching for weeks after an infection may also mean allergic or hypersensitivity reaction. So monitor the duration of the itch. ...Read more

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My entire body itches except vagina and I am breaking out a lot on my face during this period is it because of antibiotics I took for a cold recently?

My entire body itches except vagina and I am breaking out a lot on my face  during this period is it because of antibiotics I took for a cold recently?

Allergic reaction: I would advise ER or UC evaluation for an allergic reaction-this may be from the antibiotics or other metabolic issues. Certainly go to the ER if you have sweliing of your fave/lips or difficulty swallowing or eating. ...Read more

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How long can I put triple antibiotic on a popped pus pimple?I am also on oral antibiotics. There is a red bump on my lower back and it itches after 3 days.

How long can I put triple antibiotic on a popped pus pimple?I am also on oral antibiotics. There is a red bump on my lower back and it itches after 3 days.

As long as you like: There is no time limit on applying triple antibiotic. Your pimple should clear up in a few days at which point you will no longer need the ointment but you should probably finish out your orals. ...Read more

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I just got over flu and still have cough taking antibiotics my eye lid all of a sudden is swollen and itches really bad ! what could it be ?

I just got over flu and still have cough taking antibiotics  my eye lid all of a sudden is swollen and itches really bad ! what could it be ?

Sty: It could be a sty, dermatitis (infectious or allergic) or a cellulitis. Try warm compresses ( wash cloth with warm water and hold it there for 5-10 minutes , a couple homes a day). If it is getting worse, more painful, or warm to the touch, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I cut my hand with my finger nails and now it itches and it is slightly risen and red. I rubbed it with alcohol and put antibiotic. What is it.

I cut my hand with my finger nails and now it itches and it is slightly risen and red. I rubbed it with alcohol and put antibiotic. What is it.

Inflamed or infected: This could be a simple urticarial response where nobodies white cells are producing histamines causing the itch… It could also represent early or superficial infection…if it becomes painful or produces pus you may need a stronger antibiotic by mouth ...Read more

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Moderate itching and swelling on the labia minora.Was diagnosed w/bacterial vaginosis.Day 2 on antibiotics and it still itches and is swollen. Relief?

Moderate itching and swelling on the labia minora.Was diagnosed w/bacterial vaginosis.Day 2 on antibiotics and it still itches and is swollen. Relief?

Tips: This is a good article describing some simple home remedies for relief of vaginal itching. Some of them may sound weird to you - like applying yogurt TO the vagina (not eating it) but it's all based on the science of balance between good germs/bad germs. Make sure your family notifies your MD as you may also need some oral medication for yeast treatment. http://www.simple-remedies.com/womens-health/home-remedies-for-vaginal-itching.html ...Read more

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What is my skin rash and how do I treat it? I have a rash on my wrist that appeared a week or so ago. I have tried antifungal cream and triple antibiotic ointment. It itches like crazy and i can't stop scratching. At it's worst the rash was cracked and

What is my skin rash and how do I treat it? I have a rash on my wrist that appeared a week or so ago.  I have tried antifungal cream and triple antibiotic ointment.  It itches like crazy and i can't stop scratching. At it's worst the rash was cracked and

There : There are several possibilities including psoriasis, eczema, lichen planus, and skin allergy. I would recommend that you only use a gentle cleanser when cleaning your hands (like cerave or cetaphil), and use a moisturizer cream such as aquaphor, cetaphil, eucerin, or cetaphil cream twice daily. If not better after a week or so, consider a trip to a dermatologist who can make an accurate diagnosis and formulate a good treatment plan for you. You might need a steroid cream/ointment to clear this up. I hope that helps! ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Itch (Definition)

An itch is an irritating sensation that causes one to have the urge ...Read more