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itchy palms during seroconversion
Jun 19, 2007

Hi there. Is itching common during seroconversion? Right after infection, my palms and ankles were so itchy that I couldn't hardly stand it. The itching was intense when I was carrying something heavy (groceries) or around where my socks were. Any applied pressure made the area very itchy... Is that a common symptom of HIV Infection? The itching continued for a while but stopped after I started taking Atripla... Just curious.

Thanks so much for your work--this site made me feel so much safer when I was first diagnosed.

Response from Dr. Henry

A transient skin rash plus hypersensitivity to scratching/pressure can be seen soon after initial HIV infection though in my experience is not very common. Hypersensitivity to insect bites seems more common in my experience. KH



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