severe itching as a reaction to blood transfusions?

Question

Can severe itching be a delayed reaction to a blood transfusion?

Answer

Hello,

Allergic reactions to blood transfusions can range from very mild to life threatening. Yes, itching can be seen with transfusion reactions; however, if this is really "delayed," you are probably in no immediate danger of a severe reaction. Itching can also be associated with many other conditions from dry skin to drug reactions to scabies. Have your HIV specialist take a look.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob