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What is the definition or description of: Phenytoin sodium allergy?

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Dr. Edward Workman
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In brief: Itching rash

Phenytoin (dilantin) can cause rashes with pruritis (itching).
Often these resolve with anti-histamines or steroids. However, in some cases the rash progresses to exfoliative dermatitis, a massive loss of skin that can put the patient into a burn unit. All rashes with anti-convulsants should be treated quickly and monitored closely by the prescribing physician.

In brief: Itching rash

Phenytoin (dilantin) can cause rashes with pruritis (itching).
Often these resolve with anti-histamines or steroids. However, in some cases the rash progresses to exfoliative dermatitis, a massive loss of skin that can put the patient into a burn unit. All rashes with anti-convulsants should be treated quickly and monitored closely by the prescribing physician.
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