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Is Hair Loss An Acute Symptom Of HIV

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HIV/AIDS and Lipodystrophy Treatments Part II: Treatments for Fat Loss

Table of Contents Fat in the Body Switching HIV Drugs Fat Loss in the Face Temporary Facial Fillers Permanent Facial Fillers Taking Care of Yourself Fat in the Body Fat is needed for the body to function. It plays an important role inkeeping the skin and hair healthy, protecting body organs, and maintaining bodytemperature. Fat is also stored energy. There are different types of fat found in the body. Visceral fat is...
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Body Hair Loss, Symptom of What?

Thank you in advance for your job in answering these questions!What HIV related illness could cause body hair loss? I know that it could be a side effect of the protease inhibitors, or AZT (I'm on Crixivan and AZT) but I'm afraid that...
Judith Currier, M.D.

Response from Judith Currier, M.D.

University of CA, LA School of Medicine
I cannot think of an OI that has hairloss as a symptom. It could be some type of endocrine problem or as you mentioned related to drugs. I am sorry I do not have an answer. I could also be related to something you took a few months ago. I hope you... Read more »

Hair loss with a new HIV infection

I suffered flu-like symptoms as a result of my new HIV infection in late February and most of March. I felt better in April but felt very stressed after learning I was positive. Since mid-April to now, 2 1/2 months later, I have been experiencing...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Hair loss can occur in some patients due to stress. In a minority of newly HIV infected patients hair loss may seem to increase. Any of the recommended regimens (efavirenz, boosted protease inhibitor, or raltegravir based) have pluses and minuses... Read more »

Hair Loss and HIV?

Hi Dr. Young,I'm wondering if hair loss is a common symptom of ongoing HIV infection? I have been losing a lot of hair recently (much more than usual), and my scalp seems crusty and sensitive. When I scratch my scalp, there is always crust...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post and words.Hair loss is not a commonly reported side effect of HIV medications, save for known issues with the now-old protease inhibitor, indinavir (Crixivan). It's also not thought to be associated with HIV, as far as I... Read more »

HIV & Hair Loss

I contracted HIV at almost 50 years of age. I had a severe acute infection, with over 750k copies/ml. I was sick for about three to four weeks. First five months, I took Kaletra and Truvada, then switched to Atripla, which I have taken ever since. I...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
Excessive and rapid hair loss can be caused by medications, hormone changes, stress, poor nutrition (zinc deficiencies), autoimmune disease and genetics. All of this factors can affect hair follicle health. Hair loss is more prominent before age 45... Read more »
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hair loss

Posted by mistake1, 1 Reply
does anyone know if hair loss is an hiv symptom and itchy skin also?
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Loss of Pubic Hair

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Is loss of pubic hair a symptom of ARS/HIV? Does anybody know?

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Acute symptoms

Posted by Vols99, 2 Replies
Hi all, long story short. Had sex with female and the condom broke. This is now day 10. Starting about 8 I started having stomach problems. Also started feeling like I am on the verge of coming down with something. I'm dizzy. My ears feel full and... Read more »

Chronic Telogen effluvium (hair loss) - Help

Posted by smilek, 1 Reply
I've been diagnosed with HIV since 1992. I've been on numerous treatments although I'm currently on Norvir, Truvada and Prezista. For the past 5-6 years I have been going through a chronic hair loss, Telogen effluvium (thinning of the scalp). It... Read more »