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And now I’m allergic to Amoxicillin



How is this fucking possible you guys? I took this shit all the time as a kid. The itchy rash on my belly got worse last night and after a shower with pine tar soap and aloe (good lord that soap smells like ass). The Professor and I looked at photos of PUPPP and of amoxicillin rashes and could not tell what was what, but decided to pay the urgent treatment clinic a visit at 7 p.m. just to be sure. The doctor there took one look at my itchy belly and said I needed to stop the antibiotics stat and “suffer it out.”

What? Suffer it out? I’ve been suffering for going on two weeks now. Yesterday was the ONLY DAY I have felt moderately human and could work a full day.

I have to be on a plane to go to my brother’s wedding on Wednesday. We spent an ass load of non-refundable money on that plane ticket and the damned fancy cottages the wedding party is supposed to stay in. I bought an expensive dress that I could not afford and is non returnable. And it is my brother. I want to be there for him. The wedding is in Florida so that my sweet aged grandmother who has been clearing out her house of all possessions “in preparation of the end,” can be there. I honestly don’t know if we’ll all get a chance to be with her again.

I’m sick, exhausted and so fed up with everything. My house is a fucking mess from the garage sale prep for the move to NYC (which I’m trying to be upbeat about but I’m still scared shitless of). My husband is fed up with his sick wife and having to wait on me and listen to me hack each night. We are having AMAZING spring weather right now and I’m forbidden to go outside because I’m so allergic to the tree pollen and it will only make the green snot worse. The cats are grouchy and I just feel completely out of control.

No belly photo today. Not feeling “glowing.”



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  1. M #
    April 20, 2013

    Can you take azithromycin or omnicef? They were my go to antibiotics during pregnancy due to a long-term penicillin allergy.

    Hope you can get to feeling better before your trip.

  2. April 20, 2013

    Oh, you poor thing! I became allergic to cipro out of the blue like that. I hope you feel better soon!!

  3. April 20, 2013

    Oh, good grief! This is horrible. Isn’t there anything else they can try, some other antibiotic or something? I’m so, so sorry — hoping you find relief soon!

  4. April 20, 2013

    Can you take some Benadryl – just once or twice to get the reaction under control? I don’t like that they told you to go home and suffer 😦 Feel better!

  5. Magpie #
    April 20, 2013

    I don’t think amoxicillan should be the only pregnancy-safe antibiotic you can take for a sinus infection. If the doctor is claiming that, he’s either lazy or misinformed. I would try to get a second opinion. I ran up against something similar early in my pregnancy-I developed a UTI and I was allergic to the two main antibiotics that treat it during pregnancy. My OB was able to find a less commonly known third pregnancy safe drug that I could take to knock it out.

  6. jak #
    April 20, 2013

    benedryl is safe during pregnancy. and also, pseudoephedrine is safe at this stage as well (seriously – i read the studies myself because i was tired of staying up hacking while my prof husband SLEPT SOUNDLY THROUGH MY MISERY. i wouldnt have taken it first trimester because of the developmental sensitivity of what was going on then… now the baby is just growing. gastrochisis is not a threat. the gut has been closed for months). and magpie is right – there are other things you will very likely be fine taking as far as antibiotics, its just that lots of info is known about amoxicillan. the fda’s pregnancy drug safety categories A, B, C, D etc. are largely based on what is unknown. of course there are bad drugs out there for pregnancy, but something that is a C can very likely be safe, it’s just that not too much is known about it.

    on top of all these drugs, i would suggest… a glass of wine and a bath (both also safe at this stage, in moderation). you’re under a bunch of pressure and feeling crappy on top of it just makes it worse. please take care of yourself and your chicken and feel better soon. try to use the time in over-priced cottage to unwind and forget about the mess at home.

  7. April 21, 2013

    Mmm, WRONG! If it’s not gone after two weeks it’s probably NOT going to go away by itself! And that doctor’s an idiot, as I’m sure you know. While fluoroquinolones (like cipro) are probably actually not safe in pregnancy unless you’ve been exposed to anthrax (they can cause permanent cartilage damage in fetuses and infants), there’s still all those nice macrolides! (Like zith.romax, everyone’s favorite). My personal recommendation is to print out this very boring review and beat the next doctor over the head with it.

    • April 21, 2013

      (I guess on cipro, I don’t mean “safe in pregnancy” so much as “better than getting anthrax.” Anyhow.)

  8. April 21, 2013

    Ugh! Take care :/

  9. Ginny #
    April 21, 2013

    Awwww…..that just sucks, Belle. Yes, to all those who’ve commented about your dr. being either stupid or lazy, I am sure there is something else that can safely be prescribed for you at this stage in pregnancy. Hope you are feeling better soon, this time of year in KY can be so beautiful but is quite hellish for those who have seasonal allergies. I take a bunch of over the counter meds for most of March-June. sending you hugs.

  10. April 21, 2013

    I’m sure you have tried every route but just in case – have you been neti pot-ing? When I was getting chronic sinus infections from allergies, I started using a neti pot every day sometimes twice a day. It really really helped. It gets so much of the goo out… it is gross and wonderful. I might have already suggested this. If I have, it’s because of the babies sapping my brain energy out through the bottles.

  11. Arbrefleur #
    April 21, 2013

    I second the neti-pot! (In addition to new antibiotics or whatever you can get.) Once you get used to the neti, it can be quite helpful and relief-bringing. Feel better!

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