HIV Rash

HIV infected patients usually develop skin rash that can be caused by viral, bacterial, fungal, neoplastic, drugs side effects, or nonspecific dermatitis. Herpes simplex infection is the most common skin manifestation, tend to be more severe, and are more likely to disseminate in AIDS patients than in immunocompetent hosts. Herpes zoster is other common manifestation of HIV infection.

Molluscum contagiosum lesion has propensity for spreading widely over the patient`s skin. Staphylococcus is the most common bacterial cause of skin rash in HIV-infected patients, usually presents as folliculitis, superficial abscess (furuncules), or bullous impetigo. Fungal rashes afflicting AIDS patients are due to dermatophytes and candida; commonly occur in the inguinal region but may occur anywhere on the body. Kaposi`s sarcoma lesions are red or purple, flat or raised papules that generally do not blanch. Seborrheic dermatitis, xerosis, or psoriasis are other skin manifestation in AIDS patients.

We should be alert to skin rashes. Specific treatment is needed to treat skin rashes in AIDS patients.

Don`t panic if you have developed this HIV symptoms, there are treatment for rashes and relieve your from discomfort. Rashes commonly aggravated by heat, so you should avoid heat exposure. Antihistamines or hydrocortisone cream can shrink the lesion and control the itching. Early treatment of antiretroviral drugs also help.

Don’t hide your condition, consult it with your doctor, there is always be a way..