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What can you do about an HIV-related rash?

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If you’re not sure what’s causing your rash, see your doctor.

Ask them about over-the-counter medication, such as antihistamine or hydrocortisone, to help with itching. Don’t take hot showers or baths. Stay out of direct sunlight.

SOURCES:

Health Guidance: “HIV Rash -- Symptoms, Description and Information.”

AIDS Info: National Institutes of Health.

CDC: “Patient Information Sheet -- Acute HIV Infection.”

National Health Service (NHS), England: “HIV and AIDS -- Symptoms.”

Owen Clinic at UC San Diego Health: “Skin and Complexion.”

CDC: “Molluscum Contagiosum.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library: “HIV/AIDS and Skin Conditions.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Shingles.”

American Cancer Society: “What is Kaposi sarcoma?”

AIDS.gov: “Stages of HIV Infection.”

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on May 08, 2018

SOURCES:

Health Guidance: “HIV Rash -- Symptoms, Description and Information.”

AIDS Info: National Institutes of Health.

CDC: “Patient Information Sheet -- Acute HIV Infection.”

National Health Service (NHS), England: “HIV and AIDS -- Symptoms.”

Owen Clinic at UC San Diego Health: “Skin and Complexion.”

CDC: “Molluscum Contagiosum.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library: “HIV/AIDS and Skin Conditions.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Shingles.”

American Cancer Society: “What is Kaposi sarcoma?”

AIDS.gov: “Stages of HIV Infection.”

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on May 08, 2018

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