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Amoxicillin Allergy Symptoms

Amoxicillin Allergy Symptoms

An allergy to amoxicillin will lead to certain symptoms in a person. The following article will take you through some of these symptoms and help you understand what these are.
Rujuta Borkar
Last Updated: Dec 21, 2017
Amoxicillin is a commonly prescribed medication for conditions that have at their base bacterial infections. These are commonplace in conditions like bladder and urine infections, pneumonia, sinus infections, ear infections, and other sexually transmitted diseases. These drugs belong to the penicillin class and are known to combat bacterial growth that leads to infections in the body.
Even though amoxicillin is a commonly prescribed drug, there are certain individuals who can develop an amoxicillin allergy. This then leads to select telltale allergy symptoms in individuals and causes for adverse reactions. Why is it important to identify these symptoms of allergy to amoxicillin? Because this is what will help us understand that one is having an allergic reaction to the same and we can therefore stop the intake of the medication so that the severity of the side effects of the drugs can be combated.
Symptoms in Adults and Children
The severity of the allergic reactions with the usage of amoxicillin will depend on the amount of time that the drug has been used as well as the dosage of the same. These can lead to mild as well as severe reactions as part of the common symptoms. However, none of the symptoms should be ignored because these can lead to severe complications if not tackled well in advance.
Skin Rash
Skin rashes can develop all over the body or in select areas of the body. These are typically characterized by reddening of the skin, swelling, as well as bumps (sometimes itchy), and spots over the skin surface. These resemble hives in many ways. This is one common symptom of an allergic reaction to amoxicillin in children as well as adults.
Itching and Swelling
An itching sensation may develop in areas of the body, especially where the skin folds and there is less airing, like the web of fingers, armpits, behind the knees, toe webs, groin area, and arms folds. These can lead to a lot of discomfort and cause infections due to scratching with nails that have dirt lodged in them. Other than itching, amoxicillin swelling is also an equally common side effect that can develop―especially the swelling of the throat, face, lips, and tongue.
Inflammation
Inflammation and a burning sensation will take over the body. This is most commonplace in the facial muscles and can lead to burning sensations in the cheek, lower eyelids, lips, around the mouth, and nose. This can also spread to other parts of the body and therefore a solution for the same has to be found before it spreads and causes further harm.
Nausea
Of the varied amoxicillin allergy symptoms, nausea is another very common symptom that is seen to be caused by an intake of the amoxicillin drug. This can lead to weakness and loss of appetite as a direct effect.
Digestive Problems
There are several digestive problems that can come up which include acidity, heartburn, diarrhea, as well as abdominal pain.
Severe Reaction
There are several other reactions that can come about as a result of the amoxicillin drug usage. These are severe reactions that can be caused due to continued usage and heavy doses of this drug:
  • Peeling of skin on hands and feet
  • Development of blisters and ulcers in the mouth, back, and genitalia
  • Seizures
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Pain in the abdominal region
  • Darkening of urine
  • Traces of blood in stool
  • Weakening of the liver or liver failure
  • Fungal infections
  • Emergence of kidney diseases
  • Asthma
These are some of the allergic reactions to amoxicillin that can be noticed. While some of the common symptoms like itching, rashes, and swelling can be easily tackled, the severe reactions are a cause for concern and need to be tackled at the earliest before they cause any more complications in the body.
Discontinuing the usage of the drug as well as consulting a doctor needs to be done immediately so that the right direction for the treatment can be formulated and followed. Do not ignore any amoxicillin symptoms if you notice them.
Disclaimer - This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.