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Sticky mucous w/blood from sinuses
Jan 13, 2002

I have recently been diagnosed as HIV+ but do not yet have any CD or viral load counts. I have swelling and purpura on my lower extremeties and I am constantly getting a sticky clear liquid accompanied by drying blood from my nose. Any idea whats going on? Thanks

Response from Dr. Henry

HIV infected patients often have troubles with sinus infections. Another problem encountered is a low platelet count which can result in purpura in the extremities and more bleeding from the nose. You should have your complete blood count checked. Swelling in the extremities can be due to kidney, liver and heart problems as well as other conditions that hinder drainage from the lymph or blood vessels. Again, a clinical evaluation by a good doc is recommended. KH

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