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When Can One Use Topical Skin Care On Dry Shingles

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Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

What Is Shingles? Shingles is a very painful disease caused by the same herpes virus that causes chicken pox (varicella zoster virus). Like other herpes viruses, the varicella-zoster virus has an initial infectious stage, (chicken pox) followed by a dormant stage. Then, with no warning, the virus becomes active again. About 20% of people who have had chicken pox will eventually develop shingles. This reactivation of the virus is most likely to...
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dry skin & itching

I started itching in the last couple of weeks to the point wears it is almost unbearable at times. I am taking the combo of priesta, norvir,viread & epzicom meds....
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
If you are relatively new to those meds I would be concerned about either a hypersensitivity reaction to one of the drugs or something related to immune reconstitution. Those possibilities would be much less likely if you have been on the meds for... Read more »

Thick Dry Skin on Hand/Feet

Dr. Aberg,Currently I am on a regimen of Ziagen, DDI, Agererase and recently my doctor added one capsule of Norvir to decrease the amt. of Agenerase. I have noticed scaly dry skin on top of toes and at end of fingers along with slight numbness in...
Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Response from Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
It is always difficult to diagnose a skin complaint without seeing the skin. One, it is common to develop dry, scaly skin with HIV. Many individuals develop what is called seborrhea dermatitis but this usually involves the face. Another common skin... Read more »


My face has broken out in redness,dryness and hive-like rash on the forehead and into the scalp and I feel like I want to scratch my face off. My meds are Tenofovir,Norvir,Invirase and Reyataz, all of which I began 6 weeks ago.I am a big user of...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
Eucerin is an excellent moisturizer, often used to reduce irratation caused by other drugs, most notably topical agents such as Retin-A used for the treatment of other skin conditions.As far as your current rash goes, it is uncommon with all of the... Read more »

dry skin & hair color change

Hello - I've been HIV+ for eleven months, on HAART for nine months. CD4 is around 500, viral load is undetectable.I'm taking 3TC, D4T, Crixivan, and Retinovir (soft capsules). My primary care HIV physician is of the "hit it hard,...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Those skin changes are most likely due to the Crixivan +/- Norvir. A change to Sustiva might help many of those complaints. Keith Henry, M.D.... Read more »
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Dry, Flakey skin

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hello. I had a quick question about dry/flakey skin. I have recently noticed it on and around my eyebrows as well around my nose. I have read the medical term is seborrheic dermatitis although I haven't been to a doctor. I am concerned because I... Read more »

HIV infection from dried blood?

Posted by panic05, 5 Replies
I got a question on HIV infection from dried blood. I know no one has been infected with HIV due to contact with toilet seat so far. But I am still worrying about its possibility.

Today, I went to a public washroom. After flushing the toilet, I... Read more »


Posted by butchcat
I had shingles afew years back, and occaisionally I'll get one or two "mini" blisters in the same area...also with some numbness or tingling. Has anyone out there had the same experience? Wondering if this is just long-term side effects or something... Read more »

shingle will happen twice or more?

Posted by JHIV130306, 3 Replies
help!!! i had shingle few weeks ago but it seems recovered,however,i today felt that i have the same symptom of developing shingle the other side of my body!!! will this happen this way? anyone had this situation before? please~~~~i'm so... Read more »