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Sores/scabs on scalp
Oct 8, 2005

I have been HIV+ for about 10 years and for almost all of that time I have had small scabs and/or sores on my scalp. My T-cells are 1,100 and my viral load is under 1,000. My dermatologist and my PCP do not know what is causing them. Can you help me understand the problem?

Response from Dr. Henry

Very difficult to diagnose a skin/scalp disorder that has eluded your HIV specialist or dermatologist. Seborrheic dermatitis is very common is HIV + patients (dandruff like at times in the scalp) so a wide range of topical treatments (from regular use of tar shampoo to ketoconazole shampoo to salicyclic acid shampoo to topical steroids help different patients). KH



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