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Prescribed minocycline for acne. Got urticaria rash. Is this due to medicine?.

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My daughter was prescribed minocycline 50mg BID for acne now 3 weeks she has urticaria we stopped antibiotics 4days ago hives are worse and spreading her doctor have prednisone 20mg TID but rash is getting worse?
Posted Sun, 12 May 2013 in Skin Rash
Answered by Dr. S. Murugan 4 hours later
Welcome to XXXXXXX
Thanks for posting your query.

There are three points to be cleared.

1. The urticarial rash may not be due to Minocyclin, but may be due to the topical applications given along with Minocyclin. It is quite common. If you are continuous to use the topical preparations even after stopping Minocyclin, the rashes may not respond.
2. Urticaria will always be itching. If it is not itchy it may not be due to urticaria, may be due irritation or exaggeration of acne.
3. Prednisolone will worsen the acne.

If it is due urticaria only then it will subside within another few days as Minocyclin is long acting antibody and it will take some more time to get cleared.
Your daughter will be alright soon.
DR S.Murugan.
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