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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP)?

AGEP is a severe, usually drug related, reaction that appears as numerous small pustules over the skin with swelling and redness, which usually starts from the face and can spread to the trunk and limbs. It often begins a few hours to days after administration of the offending drug and it is most commonly caused by antibiotics, antifungals and antimalarials.

Symptoms of acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP)

  • Bumps containing pus

  • Scab

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

Questions your doctor may ask to check for acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP)

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP)

  • Do you have bumps on your skin with pus?

  • Do you have a scab?

  • Do you have red skin or red spots on the skin?

Treatment for acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP)

Immediate withdrawal of the causative agent is the mainstay of treatment for AGEP. For symptomatic relief, medications to suppress inflammation like corticosteroids (oral or applied) may be prescribed.

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