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Side effects and ARS
May 20, 2004

Hi. I recently completed my 4-week PEP (d4T and ddI) and I am waiting to do my 3-month test. I've been keeping an eye on ARS and I noticed a bumpy rash on my fingertips which progressed to dry skin scaling. Is this a possible ARS or could it be a PEP side effect. I hope to hear from you soon.

Response from Dr. Henry

The rash you describe would be very unusual to be caused by D4T and ddI though sometimes NRTI drugs seem to dry out the skin for a while. KH

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