|Photo allergic reactions & densensitization
Apr 11, 2004
It appears that my time under the sun lamp and in the sunshine has assisted in sensitizing me to 3 PIs: Norvir, Foravase and Viracept. In addition, I have a problem (break out in a rash) with Amprenavir as I am allergic to Sulfa. My question relates to the possibility of desensitization to the very important medication, Norvir as well as for sulfa so perhaps I will be able to utilize the amprenivir meds in the future. Your thoughts please. Thanx in advance!
| Response from Dr. Henry
That may be tough if the reaction is mostly to UV light and not any form of more systemic symptoms. Persons who develop a systemic reaction (not a skin reaction after UV exposure) to sulfa can oten be desensitized by an escalating dose approach. I am unaware of any way to prevent UV light skin reactions if that is the major manifestation for you. I would discuss with an allergist and your HIV doc. KH
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