Mar 18, 1999
hi doc, i have read that allergies are a sign that the immune system is overreacting and therefore as we get older allergies are less and less because the immune system isnt as good as we age, so, in hiv would allergies be more or less of a problem and would it be a symptom ??? if it is a sign of the immune system being overly sensitive then wouldent that mean hiv patients would not have a real problem with allergies?? thank you i think you are real special..
Response from Dr. Holodniy
Sometimes the reverse is true, allergies get worse with age. Allergies are the result of a different arm of the immune system, and are the result of exposure to something, which then triggers a reaction. I find in many HIV patients a heightened allergic response to medicines, or environmental allergens. MH
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