Zithromax Allergy

Posted on: Fri, 03/29/2002 - 4:23am
SweetAmanda's picture
Joined: 03/31/2002 - 09:00

pHi...My peanut/tree nut allergic daughter has broken out in a very unusual rash since taking Zithromax. The rash flares up in isolated patches - bright red with raised heads like huge misquito bites. They settle and heal into little scabs. New patches keep flaring up. They are extremely itchy. Does this specific type of rash sound familiar to anyone who has taken Zithromax? Thanks./p

Posted on: Fri, 03/29/2002 - 5:59am
cathlina's picture
Joined: 06/29/2001 - 09:00

Mild case of chicken pox or another viral illness?
Have you called your doctor to make sure it's not an allergic reaction?

Posted on: Fri, 03/29/2002 - 8:11am
san103's picture
Joined: 03/27/2000 - 09:00

My son is allergic to Zithromax, but his reaction was hives, and lots of them! They did not leave scabs, however they did flare up in different places at different times (once while at the doctor's office). Sounds like you should check with your doc...maybe they are hives that she itches and that what causes the scabs, or maybe it is totally unrelated. Good luck.

Posted on: Fri, 03/29/2002 - 8:32am
momomom's picture
Joined: 06/22/2001 - 09:00

HI! This is momomom. I have 3 children. Two of which have had a very rare case of Eosinophilic folliculitis. It began when they were about 4 months old. IT can last up to age 5. Sometimes even longer. It is a skin disease common to Japanese blooded children but not restricted only to them I have heard.
It even freaked the Dermatologist out because they could not figure out what it was for a very long time. They even had me bring my kids in for all of the Dermatologists over the state of Kentucky to take pictures of them in their head. I think they even put us in some kind of book because it is so rare.
After doing testing on the places in their head they also scraped some stuff off of their cheek. Sometimes a rash on the cheeks is commonly found along with the itchy sores in their heads. The sores eventually scab over but then new ones would appear. They would even sometimes have a strange seepy-weepy pus come out of them. Sometimes it was sort of a yellow discharge.
It only lasted with them for about 6-10 months with the worst part of it in the beginning. It looked like they had some sort of bug bites. Like a mosquito or spider bite.
I am not sure if I remember how to spell it but it is also sometimes referred to as
Ofugi disease.
AS I said it generally disappears by the age of five. (that is if this is even what your child has)
It sounds extremely familiar and I wouldn't be shocked if that is what is was.
You could probably do an internet search on it but would need to have the proper spelling of it. A dermatologist would be able to help you with it.
I do not really have much else to tell you but it finally resolved itself. The only thing we could do was wait it out. They gave us some topical treatments. One topical cream was to heal the sore. The other was some type of cortisone (sp?) cream.
If I find any of the tubes still around here I will update this post.
If you have any more questions, feel free to email me at
I will remark that it was a very itchy thing for them to go through. They would scratch the scabs off and sometimes the sore would even bleed. They were about the size of the end of your pinky or smaller. I don't recall but there may have been some bigger ones but not many big ones. The only time they looked really big was when some of the sores would cluster together.
Good luck! Hope this helps if that is what it is.
If the spelling isn't correct...I can try harder to find a place where I wrote it down correctly. I typed it strictly from memory.
I may have remembered wrong.
Take care.
[This message has been edited by momomom (edited March 29, 2002).]
HERE'S what I found....
Author/s: Maureen Haggerty
Folliculitis is inflammation or infection of one or more hair follicles (openings in the skin that enclose hair).
Folliculitis can affect both women and men at any age. It can develop on any part of the body, but is most likely to occur on the scalp, face, or parts of the arms, armpits, or legs not usually covered by clothing.
Small, yellowish-white blister-like lumps (pustules) surrounded by narrow red rings are usually present with both bacterial folliculitis and fungal folliculitis. Hair can grow through or alongside of the pustules, which sometimes ooze blood-stained pus.
Folliculitis can cause boils and, in rare instances, serious skin infections. Bacteria from folliculitis can enter the blood stream and travel to other parts of the body.
Causes & symptoms
Folliculitis develops when bacteria, such as Staphylococcus, or a fungus enters the body through a cut, scrape, surgical incision, or other break in the skin near a hair follicle. Scratching the affected area can trap fungus or bacteria under the fingernails and spread the infection to hair follicles on other parts of the body.
The bacteria that cause folliculitis are contagious. A person who has folliculitis can infect others who live in the same household.
Factors that increase the risk of developing folliculitis include:
Dirty, crowded living conditions
Exposure to hot, humid temperatures
Infection in the nose or other recent illness
Tight clothing.
Diagnosis is based on the patient's medical history and observations. Laboratory analysis of the substance drained from a pustule can be used to distinguish bacterial folliculitis from fungal folliculitis.
Bacterial folliculitis may disappear without treatment, but is likely to recur. Non-prescription topical antibiotics like Bacitracin, Mycitracin, or Neomycin, gently rubbed on to affected areas three or four times a day, can clear up a small number of bacterial folliculitis pustules. Oral antibiotics such as erythromycin (Erythocin) may be prescribed if the infection is widespread. The drug griseofulvin (Fulvicin) and topical antifungal medications are used to treat fungal folliculitis.
A doctor should be notified if:
Pustules spread after treatment has begun or reappear after treatment is completed.
The patient's fever climbs above 100

Posted on: Sun, 03/31/2002 - 3:35am
SweetAmanda's picture
Joined: 03/31/2002 - 09:00

I appreciate everyone's response. My daughter's pediatrician, who is fabulous, could not tell me for sure what the rash was. She did not think it was a drug reaction and it was not traditional allergic hives, which leave without scabs. My daughter's allergist examined her next and did not think the rash was a drug reaction. Her best guess was a series of bug or spider bites...which I doubt. I have photographed the rash in case it disappears. I plan to take my daughter to a dermatologist next...she had another flare up last night. She has had no new foods or soaps etc...I am baffled.

Posted on: Sun, 03/31/2002 - 6:01am
momomom's picture
Joined: 06/22/2001 - 09:00

THERE is a picture of eosinophillic folliculitis if you click the link below.
If this appears to be similar to your childs rash/bug bite looking sores then I would encourage you to print this picture and show the dermatologist. It is a rare thing so they may not have ever heard about it.
I was wondering if the first reply and description that I gave sounded anything
like what your child has.
Here's the link......
[url="http://www.altavista.com/sites/search/mm_resultframe?q=eosinophilic+folliculitis&type=IMG&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dermnet.org.nz%2Fdna.acne%2Foilfol.html&title=shpfol1.jpg&isrc=http%3"]http://www.altavista.com/sites/search/mm...jpg&isrc=http%3[/url] A%2F%2Fthumb-2.image.altavista.com%2Fimage%2F105263701&src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dermnet.org.nz%2Fimg%2Facne%2Fshpfol1.jpg&stq=20&stype=simage
Please email me at [email]momomom@bellsouth.net[/email] if you have any further questions.

Posted on: Sun, 03/31/2002 - 6:09am
momomom's picture
Joined: 06/22/2001 - 09:00

or click this link to see another picture...sorry it double-posted...I meant to edit the other message..
On the mail page, far left column go down to SKIN CONDITIONS and click. Then go under SCALP FOLLICULITIS or FOLLICULITIS and click to see pictures.
YOU can click on the pictures to enlarge them.
If either of those two pictures don't look like your daughter's rash then I have more pictures I can show you from mild to extreme cases
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Posted on: Sun, 03/31/2002 - 8:51am
SweetAmanda's picture
Joined: 03/31/2002 - 09:00

Thank you Momomom for all your time and helpful information. My daughter's rash is on her stomach, chest and lower back. There are no patches on her head. Those pictures are much more extreme than my daughter's case. I would love to see the pictures of the milder cases. Thank you so much for your help. Kelly

Posted on: Sun, 03/31/2002 - 11:33am
momomom's picture
Joined: 06/22/2001 - 09:00

Click on the link above.
About 123 images should come up from mild cases to extreme cases.
There are 5 pages of images. Maybe you could check each page before you completely rule it out. JUST IN CASE. Hope this helps.
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Posted on: Wed, 04/03/2002 - 6:16am
momomom's picture
Joined: 06/22/2001 - 09:00

bumping this up for Laurensmom....she had questions about hives w/Zithromax? Wondering if related? --momomom

Posted on: Sun, 12/12/2004 - 12:31pm
steveandleslea's picture
Joined: 10/11/2002 - 09:00

Has anyone found out anything about a possible connection between Zithromax and peanut allergy? We just had our first "break out all over in hives" reaction in over a year, and it was immediately after giving Zithromax.
I'm not finding any info on the web about this, at all.


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