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What causes pimples on the scalp after taking Ferrous Sulfate?

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Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney


Practicing since :2007

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Posted on Fri, 24 Aug 2018 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: I was diag with low Iron on my lab teat. My doctor gave me ferrous sulf325mg tab. I have broken out with pimples all over my scalp and it is progressing down my forehead, behind the ears and back of the neck. My mother was unable to take sulfur. I am wondering if this break-out is a result of the medication?
Thank you!
Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Could be a reaction to medicine

Detailed Answer:


I have gone through your complaints and it could be a reaction to iron tablets.
I would recommend you to stop this medicine, take antihistaminics like tablet Cetrizine once daily at bedtime and apply cortisone cream on the affected areas twice daily for 8-10 days.
This should help in resolving your rash.

Take Care!
Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney,

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