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Old 06-23-2009, 11:29 AM   #1
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Help...rash from Cephalexin (Keflex) or Doxycycline (Vibramycin)

I took Cephalexin 500 mg. (Keflex generic) for 3 weeks for abcesssed tooth.

Last 2 weeks also took Doxycycline 100 mg (Vibramycin generic) along with the Cephalexin.

Broke out head to toe with bright red speck rash.

I stopped taking both meds 7 days ago but the red speck rash is not going away. Maybe not quite as red now, but, still on my body/legs. I did not have breathing problems.

I have been taking Zyrtec for 7 days. I could not get hold of my regular dentist or root canal dentist so I called the parmacist for help. They said Zyrtec would do the same thing Benadryl would.

How long does it take for the rash to go away?

Some areas itch a little, enough to be uncomfortable. On those areas I use Nystatin and it helps which indicates yeast is active along with the rash.

I also took PB-8 Acidolphous the entire time.

I definitely will not be taking those meds again. Not sure whether Doxycycline is guilty of the rash or not. I am allergic to penecillin but have been able to take Keflex for many years since then. Obviously my tolerance of Keflex has come to an end.

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Re: Help...rash from Cephalexin (Keflex) or Doxycycline (Vibramycin)

It can take quite some time for a drug rash to go away. Several weeks in fact. Zyrtec is what they usually recommend. If it continues to bother you, see your doc and maybe they'll prescribe a steroid.

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