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folliculitis
      #41651 - 10/11/02 01:45 PM




I think I may or may not have symptoms of folliculitis. First off I have been tested for HIV about a year and a half ago and was negative. I have had some risky behavior since then (unprotected sex with female) and unprotected oral from female(s). I had two recent bouts with Tonsillitis before my itchy red bumps appeared, was put on penicillin and both times the antibiotics cleared the Tonsillitis. I didn't think much of it until reading on a few boards that Tonsillitis was associated with early detection of HIV. Now I am worried to death that the Tonsillitis and possible folliculitis could be a sign of HIV,

My symptoms of folliculitis are isolated on my wrist (back of hand) for about 9 months off and on. The pimple like bumps seem to appear when it's hot and sticky. I originally thought it was a watch that I had just purchased that had small holes throughout the wristband that was causing the outbreak, stopped wearing the watch and still have the same symptoms that are not persistent but come and go.

The bumps have appeared as two different types, mostly as very itchy whitehead-like and clear small isolated water filled blister-like bumps. Mostly I have been suffering from the white-head like bumps that usually appear one at a time but have shown up several at a time spaced out around the back of my wrist and forearm, they usually have a raised bump and a reddish ring around them that is flat. If I squeeze them they will pop and become extremely itchy. During the times that the larger (pimple-like size) are not present I can see what appears to look like tiny small bumps on all my hair growing around the left wrist, my right wrist dose not have this appearance nor has my right wrist ever had any breakouts or the rest of my body that I can tell. I say not that I can tell because like many other guys I get the occasional pimple breakouts on my upper back and arms that are never itchy, but would be hard to notice if I have the same problems (folliculitis) on my back. The other isolated water filled blister-like bumps have appeared in areas on my hands where there is no hair growing and usually disappear after scabbing up about a week or so.

I understand that folliculitis can be very common in tender areas such as beards and bikini lines. Considering that my breakouts are not in a tender spot this has caused me to become very concerned that this persistent problem has not gone away for 9 months leading me to believe it could be an early symptom of HIV. I do recall that when I first noticed symptoms of these bumps I was working in an old office building that hadn't been used for some time and wreaked of mildew especially in the bathrooms. Could stagnant water or mildew cause persistent folliculitis?

Could someone please help me settle my nerves a bit and explain what exactly causes folliculitis and if it is mostly isolated in one area of the body or not? I would think if someone’s immune system was weakened by HIV then folliculitis could appear anywhere on the body.

I am still trying to work up the courage to get tested again, the first time I tested was nerve wrecking enough, I went for some 15-years of unprotected sex and finally had to break down and test due to the internet getting the best of me (reading on the HIV boards).

Thank you for any help and opinions.



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Re: folliculitis new
      #41653 - 10/11/02 03:07 PM

There can be thousands of causes for your symptoms. Dont try to associate everything to be hiv related.
I'm sure your ok, But since you did have unprotected sex since your last test, you should bite the bullet and get tested again. And start wearin condoms from now on! Its not worth the fear and anxiety let me tell you. I have been put on xanax and paxil cause of the anxiety and fear of getting tested.



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Re: folliculitis new
      #41677 - 10/11/02 06:36 PM

HIV rashes don't itch!! Your OK!!



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Re: folliculitis new
      #41678 - 10/11/02 06:39 PM

Thanks for the response

I have read that antibiotics Bactrim specifically should clear up folliculitis. Currently I am out of work and don't have health insurance so I am hesitant to spend what little cash I have going to the doctors. I imagine the only way to get Bactrim would require a prescription from a doctor or can I acquire this medication or something with similar results from any pharmacy. I still have about two refills on my Penicillin script that I could take if they will do any good towards this problem.

Thanks for any help




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Re: folliculitis new
      #41694 - 10/11/02 11:36 PM

i am an esthetician - i give facials and work in spas -
according to the standard definition of folliculitis....
means inflamation of hair follicle. there are several types - mechanical folliclutid from persistant tramua and tight clothing to bacterial follicutitis. this includes impetigo, a superfacial form, and sycosis barbae, a deep form occuring in the beard area.

usually, there is an erruption, lesions spread by tramua, scratching or shaving. can be on arms scalp, legs, axillae and trunk area.

dome shaped pustules with smallerythematous halos arise in center of follicle, inflammation is intense and tender to touch.

usually staphylococcus aureus is the infecting organism though hairs must be checked for dermatophyes.

foliculitis is responsive to antibotics and hygenic measures.

avoid, heat, friction.

use antibacterial soap, warm compresses and topical antibiotics.

a dermotologist can tell you if its folliculitis or another type rash. there are so many topical to trest it.
chichi



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Re: folliculitis new
      #41697 - 10/12/02 12:02 AM

hey,

dont know where you live but go to a big book store - barnes and nobel and look at this book ......
SKIN DISEASE
DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
by: Thomas P. Habif, James Cambell Jr, Mark Quitadaamo & Kathryn Zug
Published by: Mosby or go to www.mosby.com

its sort of a medical book but it has photos of hiv rashes and folliculitis if you want to see the differnce between the two. this could be a hard medical book to get - try it.
it has pic of all kinds of nasty looking skin conditions.!
chichi



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