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Ziagen - Rash
Aug 4, 2006

I have been on Ziagen for two years without incedent. This past week I've developed a rash, which began on the sides of my fingers, then moved up my forearms. It has also begun on my feet and ankles, knees and elbows. The rash starts as clusters of small itchy pimple-like bumps, followed by swelling. My question is this... Are there any reported cases of an allergic reaction to Ziagen developing later in the treatment? My Doctor couldn't say if this is Ziagen, or something else. My T-Cells were 325 and V-Load , undetectable when last checked, several months ago. Many thanks for your response.

Response from Dr. Henry

It would be very unusual to develop a rash or hypersensitivity reaction to abacavir (Ziagen) after two years--I would consider getting a dermatologist to exam you to better define the diagnosis and treatment. Hypersensitivity reactions to abacavir generally will have other symptoms (fever, fatigue, trouble breathing, stomach complaints) besides a skin rash. A more likely cause would be some form of contact dermatitis. KH

Drug related Eczema?
hiv positive and steriods and occasional cocaine use

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