What should be the initial focus of history in suspected drug eruptions?

Updated: Feb 15, 2019
  • Author: Jonathan E Blume, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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The first steps in the history are as follows:

  • Review the patient’s complete medication list, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs

  • Document any history of previous adverse reactions to drugs or foods

  • Consider alternative etiologies (eg, viral exanthems and bacterial infections)

  • Note any concurrent infections, metabolic disorders, or immunocompromise


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