The nurse is performing an initial assessment of a patient who has a raised, pruritic rash. The patient denies taking any prescription medication and denies any allergies. What would be an appropriate question to ask this patient at this time?

Answer Explanation: If suspicious areas are noted, the patient is questioned about nonprescription or herbal preparations that might be in use. Ascertaining a family history of allergies would not give helpful information at this time. The patients lesion is not described as an abrasion. The patients occupation may or may not be relevant; it is more important to assess for herb or drug reactions.

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