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Some medications can cause skin problems, such as rashes. Most rashes come and go, but sometimes they signal that you are having a bad reaction to the medication.

It's important that you check your skin for changes, especially after you start a new medication. Be sure to report any changes to your VA health care provider.

Quick Tips: Rash

  • Avoid very hot showers or baths. Water that is too hot can irritate the skin.
  • Avoid being in the sun. Sun exposure can make your rash worse.
  • Try using unscented, non-soapy cleansers for bathing or showering.
  • A rash that blisters, or involves your mouth, the palms of your hands, or the soles of your feet, or one that is accompanied by shortness of breath, can be dangerous: contact your doctor right away.