Q. Following delivery and blood transfusion, developed blisters on face. Why?

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Dr. Gaurang Gupta
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This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 10, 2016 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hi doctor,

I delivered a baby through normal delivery 15 days before and I got one unit of blood transfusion. Yesterday, I got rashes and blisters only on my face and it keeps increasing. What to do? Please help.



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  • Blood transfusion and antibiotics are the two reasons, which can cause rashes in your situation. You have to wait and watch.
  • If problem increases, then need to take some steps like change the antibiotics and evaluation of blood transfusion. But, if the problem resolves itself in four to five days, then no need to worry and continue your medicines.
  • If you can send me photos of your problem, then I can assess the condition and give you better advice.

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Thank you doctor,

I am sending my current photos. I am being given Ceftum 500, Aciloc, multivitamin, Calcium and Iron tablets. I have five post delivery stitches. The blisters have not expanded since yesterday.



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  • As I said, it could be a drug reaction. But, by seeing your photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity) herpes is another disease, which can be suspected.
  • Herpes is very common after pregnancy and physical stress is triggering factor for that. I would suggest you to take consultation from local dermatologist and just rule out herpes.
  • If it is not herpes, then it is a drug reaction. But, as you said it is not increasing even after you have not stopped.
  • Second thing which gives me doubt is that if you see your face are the lesions present on one side of the face only?
  • So, I would suggest here that just have a visit to the local dermatologist because in your photos it is very difficult to say 100% that it is herpes or a drug reaction.
  • There is unlikely that it could be something else. So, there are only two diseases, which we have to rule out either herpes or drug reaction.
  • I rule out blood transfusion associated reaction because it would be widespread and severe if it is blood related.
  • Also, tell me is there any pain? Have you got mouth ulcer and any other body part involved?
  • Is this a sudden reaction? Did it come after two to three days of medicine?

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Thank you doctor,

I am little relieved as I was worried about possible reaction due to blood transfusion. My answers to the queries are as follows. I do not have any pain. Yes, one tiny mouth ulcer is present and no other body part involved. It came two to three days after starting the medicine. It just started in a small area below right eye and on the upper lip with little inside nose and then expanded yesterday morning. After that, I stopped applying the Soframycin gel suggested by the doctor at the hospital. Now, I feel that the color has become dark in some part from yellow and white. Please guide me.



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  • I would say just have to see a dermatologist in person to confirm whether it is herpes or not. Because in drug reaction only face will not be involved. Drug reaction will affect other parts of the body too.
  • Only with photos it is very difficult say because you do not have a typical herpes lesion, but high possibility of herpes.
  • At present my diagnosis is more in favor of herpes than drug reaction.

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