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CLINICAL Rash Assessment - v2

Questions About a New Rash

This is a list of questions that your doctor may want to know the answer to in helping you assess the meaning of a rash.
(So we can contact you)
1. Have you had any similar skin problems in the past, with or without an associated medication exposure
2. List the medications that you are currently taking and for each medication please write down the dose of the last increase in dose. The answers should look like this - "Prozac. January 1, 1995."
3. Have you varied the dose of the medicine(s) you have been taking
4. Have you stopped the medicine to see what happens
Most drug rashes start within 1 to 6 weeks of initiation of therapy, however patients previously exposed to a drug may have a rash that develops within hours after taking the medicine again
5. Do you have any skin signs of a potentially serious adverse drug reaction: swollen face, rash that involves the middle of the face (nose, mouth, etcetera), tongue swelling, bruises that are swollen, blisters, flaking skin, or erosions on the lips or mouth
If so please describe.
For most patients with a drug rash, no laboratory test is necessary. However, fever indicates a potentially serious reaction. Your doctor may want to order a complete blood count, liver enzymes and kidney function tests and a urinalysis.