|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.
pasty film covering skin after showering
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.