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Rash in eye socket and around nose and mouth
Jan 22, 2004

I stopped treatment of sustiva+combivir after 5 years of high t-cells 1100 no detectable viral load. This holiday lasted 2.5 years, my viral load sky rocketed to <100k and tcells progressivly dropped down to 350. 5-6 months ago around the time my results showed these numbers I developed a rash around my left eye, with pock like bumps in eyesocket. No explanation from ID doc, he prescribed fluocinicide crem twice a day (not sure of spelling) this would keep the rash and bumps at bay but then it all returned full force if I stopped. I started same hiv treatment sept 12,2003. By Dec 1 tcells were up to 525 viral load is agian undetectable, rash still persists. A different rash is present around mouth and nose. I had herpes on my chin for a few years off and on but it seems to have retreated significantly in the past year with the use of Abreva which is very effective and sold over the counter. Along with sustiva and Combivir I am taking Ativan 1mg a day (6 months), Remeron 60 mg a day A bedtime (3 months), Concerta 32mg sr 1 a day and ritilan 10mg 1 a day when concerta wears off (both for last 3 years) Any suggestions or ideas? I have an appointment to see a Opthalmologist in a few days. Should I see one that specializes in HIV? should I see a dermatologist also? I'm very discouraged by this, I wish I never took the drug holiday my tcells were 1100 when I stopped.

Response from Dr. Henry

If your HIV doc is somewhat stumped I would suggest also seeing a dermatologist since that is such a problem for you!!KH

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