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      #132596 - 01/05/05 05:00 PM


can any person tell me if dermatitis is related to hiv?

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      #132599 - 01/05/05 05:17 PM

Why are you asking? Are you at risk? Have you tested?

"Seborrheic dermatitis is a common, chronic condition that occurs in areas of the skin where there are large oil glands — the middle of the face, behind the ears, and especially on the scalp (dandruff). The condition is characterized by waxy scale and reddened skin areas. It affects approximately 3% to 5% of the population, most commonly men, and peaks in infancy and middle age.


Despite many attempts, researchers have been unable to identify a precise cause of seborrheic dermatitis. The most popular theory is that it is caused by a sensitivity to yeast on the skin, although research data is inconclusive; however, people with the condition often respond to antifungal medications. Certain drugs (e.g., methyldopa, cimetidine [Tagamet®], antiseizure medications) can aggravate seborrheic dermatitis.

Up to 85% of the people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have seborrheic dermatitis, and as their immunity wanes, the eruptions become more severe."

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