Common adverse skin drug reactions 1 measles like pustules exanthematous reactions are the most common type of acdr and are often characterized by measles like lesions that usually first appear on the torso and then spread to other areas of the body in a symmetrical pattern. A red skin rash due to a drug reaction an adverse drug reaction adr is an injury caused by taking a medication adrs may occur following a single dose or prolonged administration of a drug or result from the combination of two or more drugs. Definition and classification an adverse cutaneous reaction caused by a drug is any undesirable change in the structure or function of the skin its appendages or mucous membranes and it encompass all adverse events related to drug eruption regardless of the etiology. An adverse drug reaction can cause serious conditions such toxic epidermal necrolysis ten and anaphylaxis ten can cause severe skin damage anaphylaxis is a sudden life threatening reaction that needs immediate treatment. Adverse drug reactions adrs can mimic a wide range of dermatoses with morphologies that include morbilliform urticarial papulosquamous pustular and bullous lesions thus drug hypersensitivity may have replaced syphilis as the great imitator of disease
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