Patient :My mother is 69yrs old and is allergic to sulfa. The last two ways she's been having her upper teeth pulled in preparation for an upper denture plate. She's been on antibiotics, but her brown skin has turned black. She is constantly itching and has severely dry skin. Her ankles are slightly swollen and look like they are retaining fluids. She's been taking bleach baths to kill off any infections, but I am concerned that it could be something more. I have pictures of her skin if needed. Please advise
Thanks for your query about your Mother.
To recapitulate: Female/69 - allergic to sulfa - skin turned from brown to black itching dry skin - slightly swollen ankles - taking bleach baths - having her upper teeth pulled and preparing for denture - been on antibiotics -
concerned that it could be something more - pictures available but not posted - wants advise...
Please give some additional details for me to assist you better:
- Whether the skin changes and edema ankles appeared before or after teeth pulling and antibiotics?
- What exactly is done in bleach bath- what is added?
- Which antibiotics and medicines she is on?
Please post the picture.
To add on:
Sulfa drugs cause small black, itchy patches as FDR (fixed drug reaction) and usually does not cause the whole body to become black.
If the skin changes and the swollen ankles have occurred before the dental treatment the causes can be different and needs clinical evaluation and tests to get a proper diagnosis and treatment.
If these changes have occurred after the treatment for dental cause, please stop all the medicines and consult your Doctor immediately to have a clinical review to decide the cause, get the proper investigations and treatment for these problems and to continue the treatment for the dental extraction.
I hope this answer helsp you, please feel free to give feedback and ask for further relevant queries if you feel that there is a gap of communication.
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