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Azithromycin Rash

azithromycin rash

What is Azithromycin?

Azithromycin is a popular prescription antibiotic used to treat a number of infections, including urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, skin infections, ear infections, sexually transmitted infections and more.

Azithromycin is the generic name for Zithromax, which is also known as Zmax or a Z-Pak, depending on how the drug is dispensed.

Zithromax is a macrolide antibiotic. Rather than targeting the bacteria by killing it, the medication halts the reproduction of the bacteria so the infection stops spreading.

How to Get Rid of a Skin Rash Caused by Antibiotic Allergy

Antibiotics, particularly those in the penicillin and sulfa groups, are the most common cause of drug allergies.Most drug allergies are usually limited to hives, swelling, and skin rashes, but some people experience rare and life-threatening reactions, called anaphylaxisDrug allergies are caused by your immune system mistaking the antibiotic for a foreign substance, inflaming your skin or, in more severe cases, restricting airways and causing shock, which can lead to unconsciousness or death. If you experience the symptoms of anaphylaxis.

What if I give too much?

Azithromycin is normally a safe drug. It is unlikely to cause any problems if you give an extra dose by mistake.

If you think you may have given your child too much azithromycin, contact your doctor or local NHS services (111 in England and Scotland; 0845 46 47 in Wales). Have the medicine container or packaging with you if you telephone for advice.

Are there any possible side-effects?

We use medicines to make our children better, but sometimes they have other effects that we don’t want (side-effects).

Side-effects you must do something about

If your child is short of breath or is wheezing, or their face, lips or tongue start to swell, or they develop a rash, they may be allergic to azithromycin. Take your child to hospital or call an ambulance straight away.

Other side-effects you need to know about

Your child may get diarrhoea or stomach pains and may feel sick (nausea) or be sick (vomit) when they first start taking azithromycin. Giving the medicine with some food or milk may help.

Contact your doctor if your child has diarrhoea that goes on for more than 4 days or if it is severe and watery, or contains blood.

Your child may have a mild skin rash or itching.

Your child may get headaches when taking azithromycin and they may feel sleepy or say they have a funny taste in their mouth. These side effects usually go once they stop taking the medicine.

There may, sometimes, be other side-effects that are not listed above. If you are concerned, contact your doctor.

How Does Azithromycin Treat Bacterial Illness?

Azithromycin works differently as compared to other antibiotics that work by killing bacteria directly. Azithromycin works by stopping the reproduction of bacteria, therefore causing the bacteria to cease multiplying.

When the bacteria are kept at a constant number rather than multiplying rapidly, the body’s own immune system then has a chance to conquer the infection on its own.

Precautions

It is very important that your doctor check the progress of you or your child at regular visits to make sure this medicine is working properly. Blood and urine tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.

If you or your child's symptoms do not improve within a few days, or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This medicine may cause serious allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, which can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention. Call your doctor right away if you or your child have a rash; itching; hives; hoarseness; shortness of breath; trouble breathing; trouble swallowing; or any swelling of your hands, face, or mouth after you take this medicine.

Serious skin reactions can occur with this medicine. Stop using this medicine and check with your doctor right away if you or your child have blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin; red skin lesions; severe acne or skin rash; sores or ulcers on the skin; or fever or chills while you are using this medicine.

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