Chloraprep Report: Immediately after gall bladder

A following Chloraprep side effect report was submitted by a user.

Female patient reported the following Chloraprep (chlorhexidine with an orange tint) was used to prep prior to surgery. I noticed a faint orange stain on my body after surgery but did not think anything about it until the horrible blistering itchy rash came with a vengeance two days later. side effects :
Immediately after gall bladder surgery I shivered uncontrollably with my teeth chattering. I was finally warmed with blankets and got dressed and went home only to experience fever, chills (shivering and teeth chattering) and vomiting. Four hours after I was released, I went back through the ER only to have the attending quack AND a nurse press extremely hard on my incisions. After lying in the ER shivering uncontrollably for 5 1/2 hours and not allowed a blanket, I was moved to a room where I did not get any rest due to loud staff members. Two days after gall bladder surgery, I developed a blistering, itchy rash that covered the front and sides of my body from below the breasts to 6 inches below the pelvic area. I also had blisters in the back of my throat and my neck was swollen and very itchy. I had already been back to the ER once 4 hours after surgery and did not want to go back and rack up another $6,000 bill for them to give me a benadryl shot and send me home. I called the surgeon over the weekend and he recommended Benadryl. It did not work. I finally got some relief by soaking a cloth in apple cider vinegar and keeping the area moist. The rash dried up after 3 more days. It appeared to be gone then reappeared 4 days later. A round of Prednisone combined with Benadryl and vinegar finally eliminated it. I hope it is gone for good.

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Medication Dosage: not known
Medication Frequency: single - pre-op
Patient Age: 49
Patient Weight: 158
Other medications:
Diagnosis: lapryscopic gall bladder removal
Pre-existing conditions: good health, no pre-existing medical conditions, no known allergies
Hospitalized? Yes
Life-threatening? No
Disabled? No
Birth Defects? No
Was intervention required to prevent damage? No
Other serious medical events? No
Died? No

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