Additional Conditions

Picture of Serum Sickness

Picture of Serum Sickness

Serum sickness occurs when the immune system has a delayed response to medications or antiserums. Penicillin is the most common cause of serum sickness. Serum sickness symptoms include redness and itching at the injection site, rash, hives, joint paint, fever, and feeling unwell.

Serum sickness develops 7 to 10 days after initial exposure. Antihistamines or analgesics may be prescribed to help alleviate symptoms of the condition. Patients are expected to fully recover within 2 to 4 weeks.

Image Source: Color Atlas & Synopsis of Pediatric Dermatology Kay Shou-Mei Kane, Jen Bissonette Ryder, Richard Allen Johnson, Howard P. Baden, Alexander Stratigos Copyright 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies. All rights reserved.

Text Reference: University of Maryland Medical Center: "Serum Sickness"