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Facial rashes or zigs
Jul 14, 2010

Hi I was diagnosed about 2 months ago with HIV - CD4 less than 20 and viral load of 2-3 millions. Apart from diarrhoea, I also had rashes and breakouts on my face. Doctor then put me on combivir and efavarenz and my last CD4 count climbed back to 80. I'm feeling great in fact and I started to exercise and gain weight. Diarrhoea has since stopped but somehow the rashes on my face still persist. Is there a reason for it? How can I make them go away? Appreciate your help. Many thanks

Response from Dr. Henry

Facial rashes are common in HIV+ pxs (such as seborrhea, folliculitis) and often can flare up after treatment is started (due somewhat to immune reconstitution). Often treatment for the facial rash is necessary or helpful (recommend discussing with your HIV provider or seeing a dermatologist). KH

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