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Nov 11, 2008

I have been taking Reyataz, Norvir and Truvada. When I first started meds I had seborheic dermatitis. That seem to have cleared. I am now on meds 14 months and I have in the last month developed rosacea on my nose, on the sides and on forehead between brows. It has been coming once a week. I also had pinkeye with one outbreak 3 weeks ago. Is rosacea a side effect of the meds? I had tried Metrogel and it burns my skin off. My doctor has given me Doryx in the past for persistent skins problems. Please help, this is effecting my self-esteem.

Response from Dr. Henry

Rosacea has not been linked to your current HIV regimen. Rosacea occurs on the general population so it can be tough to nail down any linkage between a particular drug and that condition when the rate is low in a given population overall. I have a modest number of patients with rosacea which is often frustrating to treat without any clear association with their HIV regimens (on a variety of different drugs). If any reader knows of a related reference please post. KH

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