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Really dry skin problem
Sep 29, 2004

Dr. Henry, Some time ago when first diagnosed HIV+ I had a small dry patch of skin on top of my big toe. Since that time (18 years ago) the dryness has gotten really bad on top of most of my toes. I have this thick scaly skine. A dermatologist and podiatrist has told me that it is NOT fungal, but have not given me a cream that would work. Any ideas on how to treat it?

Response from Dr. Henry

That is tough without seeing it or knowing more details including what has not worked in the past. Dryness and thickening of skin can be seen in HIV infection and can be aggravated by some HIV drugs. A skin scraping/biopsy and full evaluation is a good place to start. Sometimes seeing a podiatrist can be helpful to get a different perspective. KH

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