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...
It’s flu season. You probably know someone who is down and out, with a fever, body aches, a sore throat and cough. But what if they also have a rash? Is this a symptom of the flu? Or does it mean something else is going on?
While a rash is not typically a symptom of the flu, that doesn’t mean it isn’t. Influenza affects many parts of your body and not everyone reacts the same way. If you are susceptible to allergic skin reactions, it is possible that your rash is a symptom of the flu. However, if you develop a rash with flu-like symptoms, you should talk to your doctor. Some of the more common medical conditions that include aches, fever and rashes include:
Shingles - Shingles is caused by the chicken-pox virus and can be dormant in the body for many years before it appears. It usually starts with a painful rash on the face or body, however, early symptoms can include flu-like symptoms, headaches and sensitivity to light.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever - Although ...
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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