|Multiple Alergic Reactions
Aug 1, 2007
I was diagnosed with HIV in February 2006. I started treatment in January 2006 when my T-cell count dropped. I was started on Atripla. Within one week I began to break out in red bumps under the skin. A couple days later my whole body was one red raised blotch and my skin was on fire. It took nearly a month for rash to go away after stopping the meds. A similar reaction was had when my doctor switched me to a combination of Norvir, Truvada, and Lexiva. Again it took my skin one month to heal. Now I am on Combivir, Reyataz, and Norvir. I am beginning to have the same allergic reaction again. I have contacted my doctor and we are going to give it a couple of days. But at this point I am honestly a little scared that perhaps my body just doesnt tolerate HIV treatment in general. I know there are other options but this rough start has me discouraged. I dont really know what to do if this is another allergic reaction. What would you suggest?
Frustrated in Utah
| Response from Dr. Frascino
You were diagnosed in February 2006 and started treatment in January 2006???? Hmmm . . . OK, if you say so.
Allergic drug reactions are more common in HIVers; however, your problem is a bit unusual. I would suggest you ask your HIV specialist for a referral to an HIV-knowledgeable allergist and/or dermatologist. It's important to determine if indeed these are true "allergic" drug reactions or something else. With some persistence and guidance from an allergist, you should be able to find a potent antiretroviral regimen that you can tolerate without transforming into one giant red blotch!
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