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Would Atripla be likey to alleviate a pre-existing skin rash?
Nov 16, 2010

I have never been on any anti-HIV treatment but, due to various conditions - especially increadingly severe dermatitis - I am on the verge of starting on Atripla (which is what my regular doctor has been recommending). Is Atripla somethinbg that could alleviate the condition, or might it worsen it, or is there no way of knowing as everyone's body chemistry is too distinct to say anything for sure?

Response from Dr. Henry

Course of skin conditions after starting effective HIV treatment (such as Atripla) is highly variable. In some cases (after sometimes an initial flare-up due to immune reconstitution) some chronic skin conditions such as seborrhea or folliculitis will get better after starting HIV treatment. One cannot count on that happening but is does occur often depending on the underlying condition. KH

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