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Our Approach to Treating

Drug Reactions & Hives

Dermatologists at NYU Langone have the expertise to recognize the signs and symptoms of a drug reaction, which occurs when a person develops hives, a rash, or blisters as a result of taking a medication. Some drug reactions may also affect internal organs, including the liver, lungs, kidneys, or heart.

Common causes of drug reactions include antibiotics, anticonvulsants, and antipsychotic medications. Less commonly, over-the-counter medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, can cause a reaction.

Most people who experience a drug reaction recover fully within days or weeks of stopping the medication. Our doctors offer ongoing care to ensure that any complication that arises is addressed immediately.

Treatment for Drug Reactions and Hives

The primary treatment is to discontinue use of the medication causing the reaction. A dermatologist may also prescribe antihistamines or corticosteroids to relieve any associated itching, burning, and swelling. Rarely, a drug reaction may lead to a more serious illness. In these instances, our specialists provide immediate care.

Our Research and Education in Drug Reactions & Hives

Learn more about our research and professional education opportunities.