Antibiotics are useful medications widely used to treat all sorts of illnesses. Bacterial infections are the primary target. As with any medication, antibiotics come with their fair share of side effects, especially those that pertain to and affect the skin.
Rashes are a fairly common side effect of antibiotics. They may show up on the face or anywhere else on the body and appear much like a heat rash. While usually not serious, it's important to seek medical attention right away as a rash could be a sign of an allergic reaction to your prescribed antibiotics.
Some people suffer from flushed skin after taking antibiotics. This is relatively rare, but it can occur if the body is not used to the medication. It's basically a bodily reaction that could signify one of many things: you may be having a mild aversion to the medication, the medication may have caused your body temperature to rise, or you may be allergic to the antibiotic.
Itchy, irritated skin sometimes develops in those who are taking antibiotics. This is fairly common and usually a result of a minor reaction to the medication or it could be the body actively working to rid itself of infection. This is especially the case with topical antibiotics, which are known to occasionally cause skin irritation and redness.
Most people don't suffer from negative reactions to antibiotics, but some do. In fact, some experience a full-blown allergic reaction to them. Besides the redness, rash and itchy skin mentioned above, other symptoms may include hives or a swollen mouth, tongue or throat.
Antibiotics also cause a side effect on the skin that can at times be beneficial. Some people have seen their acne clear up while taking an oral antibiotic. Others are prescribed topical antibiotics specifically to treat their acne. While this is usually effective, it can cause all of the side effects previously discussed and in rare cases may make acne even worse due to the irritation.