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How can you treat skin problems related to HIV?

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Dry, itchy skin is a common issue for people whose immune systems are damaged from HIV. Skin infections like impetigo or tinea can be a problem, too. Treatments include:

Molluscum contagiosum is a viral infection that causes small, flesh-colored bumps on the skin. The virus can grow out of control in people with HIV, so see a dermatologist for treatment right away.

  • Antifungal or antibacterial creams
  • Steroids and antihistamines
  • Moisturizers

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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