Miley Cyrus remains hospitalized this Easter Sunday as she recovers from an extreme allergic reaction to an antibiotic. Cyrus was taken to the hospital on April 15 from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO, hours before she was scheduled to perform in concert as part of her “Bangerz” tour. At this time, all remaining performances in the U.S. have been canceled but her European tour will still kick off on May 2 in Amsterdam.
Details of Miley’s illness are few but the terms “severe” and “extreme” have been used to describe her reaction to the antibiotic cephalexin . Her management states that the medication was prescribed for a sinus infection. On April 14, Cyrus had complained of fever, sore throat and cough on her Twitter account. She was forced to cancel a show in Charlotte, NC, lat week due to flu symptoms.
Cephalexin is described by the U.S. National Library of Medicine as commonly prescribed for “certain infections caused by bacteria such as pneumonia and bone, ear, skin, and urinary tract infections.” A severe reaction to the medication can cause rash or hives, trouble breathing or swallowing, wheezing, intense itching as well as other symptoms. It is possible that Miley suffered anaphylaxis, “a severe, whole-body allergic reaction” and which is a life-threatening condition if not treated.
In a tweet yesterday, Miley reported some progress in her condition. She was able to sleep through the night and did received breathing treatments yesterday. The official statement from her management on April 17 states that physicians have told them that the symptoms could last from five to 27 days. The singer will remain hospitalized until her condition improves.
While the treatment program for Ms. Cyrus has not been released, there are some standard procedures and medications that were likely used. If anaphylaxis had set in, the use of an epinephrine injection would be immediate (such as that available in an Epi-pen). Epinephrine can also be used as an immediate breathing treatment. To reduce allergy-induced swelling in the lungs and throat, albuterol or similar medications would be also administered in breathing treatments.
Antihistamines and a steroid such as prednisone could also be a part of the treatment protocol. The goal is to improve lung function, restore normal breathing and reduce the swelling in the respiratory system. A severe allergic reaction can also produce low blood pressure and, in some cases, cardiac arrhythmias.
Miley Cyrus tweets on Easter morning: “Happy 420/ Easter! I’ll be where I’ve been the passed week. In bed. Crying. NOT stoned.”