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Combivir/Stocrin & Skin hives?
Jan 12, 2006

I was just recently diagnosed with HIV and my CD4 count was 4 last week. I started TB therapy (Rifafour) and ART (Combivir and Stocrin) just 4 days ago. Previously I had been having itching on my body, mainly arms and legs. Just yesterday I developed some hives, looks like medium to big mosquito bites on my arms and some on my legs (fewer on my legs). Is this something to be concerned about or is it a normal reaction? Also, about 2 years ago there was a period of about 6 months where I had similar hives in greater amounts. But they eventually went away. Thank you for your help

Response from Dr. Henry

Skin reactions/allergies would be fairly common with a situation like yours with the drugs being used. Careful monitoring (watch for mouth, lip, eye, liver involvement with some lab monitoring) and use of antihistamines, analgesics for the symptoms usually suffices and the rash often will diminish with some more time. KH

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