Category: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Keywords: vancomycin, allergies (PubMed Search)
Vancomycin infusion reactions can manifest as pruritus and an erythematous rash of the neck, face, and torso during or after a vancomycin infusion. This is a histamine reaction caused by degranulation of mast cells and basophils, and can be caused short infusion times <60 min. It is commonly treated with antihistamines and/or a slowing of the infusion rate.