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Sunken skin above eye
Sep 5, 2006

for sunken above eye, what are the main causes? will anti-wrinkles gel/cream,intake of bilberry supplement, intake of sufficient water able to do the trick?

Response from Dr. Wohl

Fat wasting around the eyes among persons receiving HIV therapy is well described and is often part of fat wasting of the limbs and cheeks.

The best remedy for this is to stop HIV meds that may be contributing to this, specifically, d4T (zerit). AZT has also been implicated in fat wasting but to a lesser extent. ONLY stop meds under the direction of your doctor who can presecribe an alternative to replace the stopped med.

There are reconstructive procedures that can be tried but there is less infor about their success around the eye area. Creams are unlikely to be effective. As a western trained white coat doc, I am ignorant of the benefits of supplements.

Please note, fat wasting can also occur as part of generalized wasting syndrome where fat and muscle are lost. For this problem, control of HIV is essential.


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