HomeAnswersDermatologyacute urticariaAfter taking antibiotic pills, I developed itch, hives, and red marks that have caused me anxiety. Please help.

What causes itching, hives, and red marks after taking antibiotics?


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Answered by

Dr. Suvash Sahu

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Published At November 14, 2023
Reviewed AtNovember 14, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

After taking 30 pills of antibiotics Lamisil (Terbinafine), I started getting itch and hives. I stopped taking it, and now the itch has gone away, but I m getting these red marks and bumps intermittently in my body. Especially when I have anxiety or panic attacks, it freaks me out more when I get red marks and scratches all over my body. The red marks disappear within a couple of minutes or hours. I underwent a laboratory test two months back. I am taking Alprazolam and Fluoxetine. Please help.

Thank you.

Answered by Dr. Suvash Sahu


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have read the query, and I can understand your concern.

You are suffering from acute urticaria. The causes of acute urticaria are

  1. Bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic infection.

  2. Painkillers or antibiotic drugs.

  3. Certain foods and food additives or preservatives.

The cause must be known for a permanent cure. I suggest you take Levocetirizine and Montelukast combination once daily for around one month. Also, take deworming tablet Albendazole 400 mg single dose once only. A topical soothing lotion like Calamine (Zinc Oxide, Zinc Carbonate, and Kaolin) is applied locally twice daily for five to seven days and will help reduce marks within a few weeks. Consult a specialist doctor, talk to them, and then take the medication.

I hope this will help you.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Suvash Sahu
Dr. Suvash Sahu


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