Hi, a very good friend has a terrible rash which is spreading from her ankles all up her legs, it is very red, itchy, dry, scaly and has thick patches. She had three heart attacks and has a pacemaker and defibulator, she is on CARVEDILOL, ALDACTONE, RAMIPRIL, ASPRINA, NITRADISC, CORDARONE, LAXIX and VARFINE the rash started after she was put on these medications. I have tried to find the side effects for all these medicines and the one that seems to bring on rashes is LAXIX - does anyone else have symptoms from any of these medications? and is it likely that it is the LAXIX that is doing this or something else.
Differentials for this will be an allergic reaction to any of her medications,a stasis dermatitis (if edema or varicosities is present) and xerotic or irritant dermatitis.
Furosemide (Lasix) may actually have rash as its side effect.However, in cases of an allergic reaction to the drug this may present as a generalized rash rather than rash localized in the lower extremities alone. In cases of chronic edema in the lower extremities, a stasis dermatitis may develop.The rash of stasis dermatitis may start in the inner side of the ankle and may present as brownish discolorations.
Another differential is xerotic or irritant dermatitis. Repeated exposure to chemicals that may cause a reaction to the skin may cause dryness and skin itchiness termed irritant dermatitis.Has you friend been using any soaps,cleansers,lotions on her legs that may cause this reaction?
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