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Hives and HIV
Jan 5, 2006

I have been HIV positive for almost 2 years now. I have been taking Nevirapine, Lamivudine and gemfibrozil for almost a year. I recently became allergic to onions and garlic and break out in hives whenever I eat anything that has any of these two ingredients. I am 42, my T-Cells are 650 and I am undetectable. Why would I all of a sudden become allergic to onions and garlic? Can it be due to my meds or part of the changes in my body due to the HIV infection?

Response from Dr. Henry

Good question. HIV infection in some patients can cause some hyperreactivity to allergens but the time course in your case is hard to explain (with no recent changes in anything according to the information you provided). I assume you are taking at least one additional HIV med beside the nevirapine and lamivudine? KH

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