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How can you treat painful, blistering rashes related to HIV?

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It could be shingles if you’ve ever had chickenpox -- the same virus causes both. Usually, shingles affects people over age 60. But if you have HIV, you can get it even if you’re younger. It’s important to see your doctor if you think you have shingles. Antiviral medicines can help you get over it more quickly -- but you need to start taking them as soon as possible. Other treatments include:

  • Pain medicine
  • Calamine lotion, colloidal oatmeal baths, or wet compresses to relieve itching

SOURCES:

Gary Sinclair, MD, HIV/AIDS specialist in Dallas.

Averting AIDS and HIV: “Symptoms and Stages of HIV Infection,” “Tuberculosis and HIV Co-infection.”

AIDS.gov: “Viral Load,” “HIV Lifecycle,” “Changing or Stopping Treatment.”

U.S Department of Veterans Affairs: “CD4 counts and infections,” “HIV Wasting Syndrome."

NAM AIDSMap: “Fact Sheet: Unintentional Weight Loss,” "Fact Sheet: Skin Problems,” “Cough.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Molluscum Contagiosum.”

The Mayo Clinic: “HIV/AIDS Symptoms.”

CDC: “Shingles (Herpes Zoster),” “Pneumocystis pneumonia.”

AIDS Education and Training Center Program: “Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care: Fever,” “Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care: Diarrhea.”

International Hyperhidrosis Society: “Night Sweats.”

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: “Mouth Problems and HIV.”

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on May 4, 2019

SOURCES:

Gary Sinclair, MD, HIV/AIDS specialist in Dallas.

Averting AIDS and HIV: “Symptoms and Stages of HIV Infection,” “Tuberculosis and HIV Co-infection.”

AIDS.gov: “Viral Load,” “HIV Lifecycle,” “Changing or Stopping Treatment.”

U.S Department of Veterans Affairs: “CD4 counts and infections,” “HIV Wasting Syndrome."

NAM AIDSMap: “Fact Sheet: Unintentional Weight Loss,” "Fact Sheet: Skin Problems,” “Cough.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Molluscum Contagiosum.”

The Mayo Clinic: “HIV/AIDS Symptoms.”

CDC: “Shingles (Herpes Zoster),” “Pneumocystis pneumonia.”

AIDS Education and Training Center Program: “Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care: Fever,” “Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care: Diarrhea.”

International Hyperhidrosis Society: “Night Sweats.”

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: “Mouth Problems and HIV.”

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on May 4, 2019

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