|eager to start medication?
Jul 9, 2007
Dear Doctor Young, Please answer me, it is hard to get the verification code correct when submitting the question.
I have annoying and now painful peripheral neuropathy, white coated tongue and dry mouth. other symtoms include discoloration of my skin (white, grey, brownish etc), red spots on my arms. I was a healthy person and not even a flue in the past 15 years. Now, i have ringing ear, i see flying bugs. My heart beat from 90 to 120 perminutes at different time of the day without movement. No diabete, no possible causes. I can't get diagnosed due to my super bad luck and lack of experienced HIV specialist in town, a state capital. I can't persuade my doctor give me CD4/CD8 counts. Viral load test failed the first time and undetectable using two-week-old left-over blood sample. I just want to know at what stage of HIV infection can one have white coated tongue and dry mouth? Will these annoying symptoms be relieved after on HIV medication?
| Response from Dr. Young
Dry mouth is not generally considered a HIV symptom and a white coated tongue can be many things, one of which is a yeast infection. (Be aware that there are several causes to oral yeast infection, not just HIV).
So, based on what you've described, I'm not sure that you have HIV infection; if you did, your symptoms would fall into mild ones.
I hope this is helpful. If you need assistance with diagnosis, I'd contact your local AIDS service organization for the beta on where to go in your community. BY
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