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extreme itching
Oct 8, 2003

I've been HIV positive for over 18 years. For the past three to four years I have gotten what seems to be allergy related bumps that itch so bad that I even itch them in my sleep. They appear twice a year. Usually in April and again in September/October. I have gone to a few different doctors and they all seem to think they are mesquito bites. I find it extremely odd that no one else in my house gets them and that they occur like clockwork every year. I have tried everything for relief but nothing works. My doctor gave me some Triamcinolone acetonide cream when I first get them and some bactroban cream after I scratched to infection. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Response from Dr. Henry

It sounds like you are possibly describing eosinophilic folliculitits (also called red-itchy bump disease). An HIV experienced dermatologist is the best person to see for that. UV light, astemizole, metronidazole,antifungal pills or ointments help some patients who have that condition. KH

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