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Rash and enlarged lymph nodes
Date: 4/9/2006
First of all Retin A is working very well for me; started it up again in an OTC product and love it. Looks to be working. Problem in past: I reacted to Accutane with lowered resistance to infection and IBS so quit taking it after a month. Problem now: have a spotty skin rash on my trunk and enlarged lymph nodes in neck area. Related? No other symptoms. Will I have a sensitivity to any Retin A because of the Accutane reaction? Accutane cleared up my skin for the first time in 20 years and was thankful for that.


AskDocWeb: Accutane and Retin-A are both derived from the same base (vitamin A). A sensitivity to one raises the likelihood that you may be sensitive to the other. Although skin rash is uncommon it is one of the possible side effects of Retin-A.

Generally speaking, the most common cause of lymph node swelling is infection. Retin-A is not known to cause such a reaction. Swollen lymph nodes from an infection are usually treated with antibiotics, pain medication, anti-inflammatory medications to control swelling, and cool compresses to reduce the swelling. If there is an abscess of the swollen lymph node, surgery may be necessary to drain the infection.

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