Lamictal - also sold under the generic name lamotrigine - is a medication that was developed to treat seizure disorders like epilepsy. Since then it has also come to be used as a mood stabilizer for people with bipolar disorder. Studies are showing that Lamictal is one of the better mood stabilizers for treating bipolar depression as well as to help control mania and hypomania.
However, when you first start taking Lamictal, your doctor should warn you to report to him or her immediately if a rash develops. Why? Because the rash may be serious or even life-threatening. If you can't get in touch with your prescribing doctor right away , seek emergency treatment.
Almost all cases of dangerous rashes caused by Lamictal occur within 2-8 weeks of starting treatment. The occurrence rate in patients taking Lamictal for mood disorders was less than 1 in a thousand during clinical trials, but there isn't enough post-marketing data yet to confirm that number. In patients taking Lami...
Chronic urticaria (hives) continues to be a challenging disorder for dermatologists and allergists. Some patients go through years of hopping from one doctor to another, searching for a cause of their recurring welts (hives), itching, and often, swelling (angioedema). The frustration many people go through is immeasurable, as they endure a disease that is sporadic, prolonged and cosmetically embarrassing.
Chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) is a form of chronic hives, the cause of which remains unknown despite a full evaluation and laboratory testing. It is referred to as “chronic” once it lasts for six or more weeks either intermittently or continuously. CIU is rarely life-threatening, but the impact on the quality of life cannot be overstated. Work productivity, sleep quality, classroom attentiveness, social activities, sports and inter-personal relationships may all be affected by CIU .
The bad news is doctors may not be able to figure out the cause of your ...
Skin redness or inflammation; Skin lesion; Rubor; Skin rash; Erythema
Identify and then stay away from products that irritate your skin. If allergies are suspected, your doctor may want to consider skin testing.
Receive appropriate vaccines for childhood illnesses, like the varicella vaccine for chickenpox and MMR immunization (a combination vaccine that protects against measles, mumps, and rubella).
Get strep throat treated right away to prevent scarlet fever.
Wash your hands frequently to prevent spreading viruses like roseola, hand-foot-mouth disease, and fifth disease.
Learn relaxation methods like yoga, meditation, or tai chi. Stress aggravates many rashes, including eczema , psoriasis , and seborrheic dermatitis .
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