HIV Rash

What is HIV Rash?

Human Immunodeficiency Virus is the primary virus that causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. The most significant symptoms of the said condition are HIV rash. These rashes occur 2-4 weeks immediately after a person is infected with the virus. Some situation about these rashes is they are also caused by the drug treatment used to combat or control the spreading of the virus. The rate of skin rashes to occur is up to 90-95% chances and duration.

HIV Rash Signs and Symptoms

You should be cautious enough to identify the HIV rash from any other skin conditions. Remember that not all skin rashes are HIV rash. It could be something different skin conditions. The signs and symptoms include:

  • Rashes appears mostly on face, trunks, feet, hands and worst on the whole body
  • Swollen glands
  • Excessive Fatigue
  • Body pain
  • Loss of memory
  • Joint pains
  • Regular fever (unexplainable occurrence)
  • Brownish to red skin bulging just like an eczema rash (for whiter skin complexion)
  • Purplish to brown-black skin bulging (for darker complexion)
  • Skin irritations
  • Itchy bumps
  • HIV rashes from herpes infection causes blisters with fluid inside appears in the eyes, mouth and other body parts
  • Weakened Immune System
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Weight loss
  • Eye complications
  • Acne and pimples occurs around the blisters (folliculitis)
  • Genital sores
  • Skin peeling may experience
  • Flu
  • Loss of appetite
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Fungal and viral infection may experience
  • Flaky skin due to the rashes
  • Bruises around the skin
  • Warts in any parts of the skin
  • Mouth sores or lesion
  • Pink  and scaly skin
  • Large patch of hives around the skin
  • HIV rash appears also due to medication use

HIV Rash Causes

When the HIV reaches to stage 3 which is the “symptomatic stage” the concentration and prevalence of the rashes are very high. The rashes are caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus from an affected person. Medications like abacavir, amprenavir and nevirapine that is used to weaken the immune system can trigger allergic reaction and causes rashes.

HIV Rash Treatment

Proper and right diagnosis of this kind of condition targets the proper treatment.  The rashes can be eradicated by these treatments:

  • Over-the-counter drugs to alleviate skin irritations and itchiness
  • Continued used of this OTC’s will subside the irritations
  • Do not continue medication if it causing HIV rashes
  • Consult your physician regarding the medications used
  • Do not expose to climates that is too hot nor too cold
  • Avoid extreme heat of the sun or direct ultraviolet rays from the sun
  • Have a cool shower every day and apply skin ointment
  • Avoid hot baths and showers
  • Do not eat foods that are prohibited for HIV infected person
  • Do not engage in unprotected sex to people with the same condition or at high risk level person
  • Avoid direct blood contact
  • Hydrocortisone and Benadryl drugs are proven to relieve itchiness
  • Do not wear tight-fitting clothes to avoid aggravation of itchiness
  • Regular check-ups is also advised to monitor patient prognosis
  • Timely diagnosis can help in the prevention of the spreading of the infection
  • Caution to drugs used for any reverse reaction

How Long Does HIV Rash stay?

In early sign of HIV infection it usually vanishes within 1-2 weeks and completely vanishes in the asymptomatic stage of the condition. For symptomatic stage it usually appears for 1-3 years.

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