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Mar 29, 2000

I seem to have developed a rash type on my arms mostly but also the face and torso. Not associated with meds. It tend t "flare" from time to time and is VERY prickly. Any help?

Response from Dr. Henry

Rashes are among the most frustrating conditions I deal with. HIV infection is associated with a host of skin disorders most notably seborrhea, folliculitis, and fungal infections. Treatment with many HIV drugs is also associated with many skin problems perhaps most notably dry, hypersensitive skin with protease inhibitors and rashes in general from the non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors. Often dry winter conditions and drying off after showers or baths further aggravates a variety of conditions. What causes your flares might provide some clue. Rash is such a general term that I hesitate to diagnose the cause--when I am stumped I get a lot of help from an HIV experienced dermatologist (= skin specialist). Keith Henry, M.D.

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