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Molluscum Contagiam & Dermatologists
Jan 1, 2006

Hi Doc, I have been having recurring problems with Molluscum on my face for several months now since my HIV count has gone down (past 40). I have been going to a dermatologist in Queens, NY (I live in the Bronx) who has been freezing them off my face, but they keep coming back. Question is:

If i have to shave, is an electric shaver much better than a stright edge (spreading)

Is there a list of Dermatologists who specialize in HIV positive people in NYC? I can't find any. My doctor for HIV has a referrel but she is always booked up.

Hope you have any info on these two questions (ps. How would you find a Dermatologist who specializes in Molluscum Contagism in your area, ie New York City?) Thanks,

Jason NYC

Response from Dr. Pierone

Hello and thanks for posting. I suspect that an electric razor would be less traumatic than a straight edge razor and would result in less likelihood of spreading molluscum lesions. There must be a large network of dermatologists that are well versed in HIV skin management in NYC and your doctors office, case manager, or health plan should be able to help you find one. A larger question is whether your CD4 count can be brought up with control of HIV infection because the immune reconstitution often helps clear molluscum better than the local treatments that dermatologists can offer. Hope that this helps and best of luck to you!



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