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What causes skin rashes in patient with flu?

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Dr. Michelle Gibson James

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Practicing since :2001

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Posted on Fri, 8 May 2015 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: I recently had the flu and after it took its course my hands started itching and became swollen. They are still swollen, bumpy and itching. Is there something over the counter I can take without going to see a doctor to help get rid of this?
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 28 minutes later
Brief Answer:
add pepcid and a mild steroid cream

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Skin rash can sometimes occur with viral illness such as the flu.

You can consider adding pepcid and a topical steroid cream such as hydrocortisone to the benadryl.

Inflammatory/itching type rashes are related to release/action of histamine along with other chemicals in the body that take part in inflammation.
Histamine affects certain receptors (attaches at certain points) called H1, H2.

The benadryl would some aspects of these attach points but you can consider medications that would affect the other attach points eg pepcid.
Pepcid is an H2 blocker, this means that it would further prevent histamine from having an effect.

Adding the pepcid and benadryl to hydrocortisone cream may help to relieve your symptoms.
Hydrocortisone cream should be available over the counter.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Michelle Gibson James 48 minutes later
I am allergic to sulfa, keflex, and amoxicillan. Does pepcid have anything to do with these?
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 14 minutes later
Brief Answer:
no known reactions

Detailed Answer:

NO, there are no known reactions between pepcid and allergies to amoxicillin, keflex or sulfa

Please feel free to ask anything else
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar

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