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Itching all over body
Apr 17, 2000

Hi Judith The guy I live with tested positive last October. He is doing well despite not taking any medications as yet (last CD4 340, VL 70,000 down from his October reading of CD4 240, VL 500,000). However he has a problem with an irritating itch all over his body which tends to get worse at night and causes sleeplessness. He recently had a staph infection on his face which was treated successfully with antibiotics but with this current problem, there are no "itchy red bumps". Could this latest irritation be HIV related? He has not seen a dermatologist. Thanks.

Response from Dr. Feinberg

Generalized itching without any skin lesions can be due to other problems besides skin disease, but is not usually directly related to HIV. Sometimes just dry skin can cause this kind of itching. Have him switch to Tone or Dove soap and use Eucerin original creme at least once a day after bathing. If that doesn't help, then see a physician.


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