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My fingernails and toenails are changing colors
Oct 26, 2000

I was diagnosed in 1996, CD4-29, VL120,000;35yr African American male currently taking ABT378, ziagen, hydrea,and videx. I am resistant to many drugs at this point. I was overweight, so now the virus and the drugs have me at a "normal" size. So I look good, but my fingernails have turned gray since beginning the Abbot drug. What are my options concerning my nails? I am grateful to be as healthy as I am, but am wondering what to do about my nails? Call me vain

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your questions. Nail color changes appear to be one of the overlooked side effects of medications, particularly protease inhibitors. While usually not severe, there aren't great ways to improve them, other than changing medications.


Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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