Skip to content

Diagnose on Sight: Recurrent Rash


Case: A 22 year old female presents with a rash on her left arm for several days. She states she has previously had the exact same rash in the exact same location intermittently over the past 2 years. She has no systemic symptoms and has started no new prescription medications, though she has been taking ibuprofen. What is the diagnosis?

Poll Results


Dharamsi F, Michener M, Dharamsi J. Bullous fixed drug eruption masquerading as recurrent Stevens Johnson syndrome. J Emerg Med. 2015;48(5):551-554. [PubMed]
Flowers H, Brodell R, Brents M, Wyatt J. Fixed drug eruptions: presentation, diagnosis, and management. South Med J. 2014;107(11):724-727. [PubMed]
Jeff Riddell, MD

Jeff Riddell, MD

ALiEM Assistant Editor
Diagnose on Sight series;
Medical Education Research Fellow
University of Washington / Harborview Medical Center
Jeff Riddell, MD

Latest posts by Jeff Riddell, MD (see all)