Drug Reactions

Definition:

Physiological reactions that occur after taking a medication. Symptoms range from itching (mild) to life threatening (severe); they can be localized to just the skin or have systemic manifestations and can present as virtually any of the symptoms/conditions known in dermatology.

What Causes Drug Reactions:

Drug reactions can be either allergic (immunologic) or non-allergic (irritant).

Management Strategy:

If life threatening, seek medical assistance immediately (hyperlink disclaimer). On going cases under a physician’s should follow the advice of the treating physician or dermatologist. Treatment options range from medication to light therapy.