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I was prescribed oral Terbinafine for a fungal toenail and about 4 weeks after starting it I developed a rash, initially on my chest, arms and back. I saw a GP who suggested antihistamines and calamine lotion but didn't connect the rash with the Terbinafine. The rash worsened, my skin started to feel like it was burning and it was incredibly itchy. It also started to spread and I currently have it everywhere including on the soles of my feet, in my hair, on my ears . . . Where it started the actual rash has gone and the skin is bright red, hot to touch and very dry. I saw another GP a week after the first and she gave me a topical steroid cream and told me to come back in a fortnight if I still had the rash. The Terbinafine wasn't even mentioned. After a horrible fortnight of itchiness, burning and lack of sleep I went back and the GP (a different one again) said to stop the Terbinafine. I've had two days off the drug. I am itchier than ever. Has anyone had the burned skin thing? Does it get better? How long does it take? I agree with all the posts here - they shouldn't be allowed to prescribe this drug and particulary they should let you know that the side effects can appear quite a few weeks after starting the drug.
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