Signs of a Reaction to an Antibiotic

Medications, including antibiotics, have the potential to cause allergic reactions. In fact, antibiotics are the most common culprits of drug-related allergic reactions. An adverse reaction to an antibiotic may involve symptoms such as high blood pressure, coughing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and facial swelling. If you experience an allergic reaction to an antibiotic, you’re likely to suffer from a rash, hives, throat swelling and tightness, and joint swelling. An allergic reaction to an antibiotic can occur within a matter of hours of taking the medication or may take weeks to develop.

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Allergic reactions to antibiotics can even be life-threatening. This is known as anaphylaxis. If you experience any of the symptoms of anaphylaxis, call 911 immediately. These can include the sensation of a lump in the throat, hoarseness, throat tightness, wheezing, trouble breathing, and chest tightness. Anaphylaxis can also cause a tingling sensation in the scalp, lips, hands, or feet.

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