for Veterans and the Public
Some medications can cause rashes or other skin problems. Most rashes come and go, but sometimes they signal that you are having a bad reaction to the medication, or that you have an infection or another medical issue.
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.
- Try rubbing or pressing on the itchy areas rather than scratching.
- 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 care provider right away, or go to an emergency room for evaluation.