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Author Topic: Skin Affects From Meds or HIV  (Read 1684 times)

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Offline Rusty

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Skin Affects From Meds or HIV
« on: March 18, 2007, 04:40:21 AM »
Just interested to know if people are frequently experiancing skin problems or have skin damage in any way which could be related to the meds or just the virus itself. I have been positive for 21 years and seem to be getting wrinkles on my forehead and thinning skin, also my skin colour on my face looks patchy. I am 32 years old and dont think its exceptable to have to lose your looks due to this god forsaken virus. Your face is your identity and needs to look as healthy as possible and shouldnt be impossible when your virus is under control. I have had face fillers before, has anyone used botox in there forehead to eliminate wrinkles. I understand that some people do not consider self image important but for those that do its soul destroying.
Would like to hear anyones experiance with this skin issue in general.

Thanks

Rusty

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: Skin Affects From Meds or HIV
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2007, 09:06:29 AM »
Just interested to know if people are frequently experiancing skin problems or have skin damage in any way which could be related to the meds or just the virus itself. I have been positive for 21 years and seem to be getting wrinkles on my forehead and thinning skin, also my skin colour on my face looks patchy. I am 32 years old and dont think its exceptable to have to lose your looks due to this god forsaken virus. Your face is your identity and needs to look as healthy as possible and shouldnt be impossible when your virus is under control. I have had face fillers before, has anyone used botox in there forehead to eliminate wrinkles. I understand that some people do not consider self image important but for those that do its soul destroying.
Would like to hear anyones experiance with this skin issue in general.

Thanks

Rusty

Good morning. You're right, for many people, the face is tres important for self-confidence at work, at play, etc.

It's very possible that stress creates undesirable effects for our appearance. Ask your doctor and/or dermatologist about hiv meds and stress and if there's any 'connection' between the two. We should always consult health care professionals with issues like these because an underlying medical condition (hopefully not a serious one) might very well be the cause of xyz facial problem which isn't so much a face problem but an internal problem. In other words, the face is crying out for help, for lack of a better explanation. Just some thoughts. Oh, and there are these tv ads lately with Isaac Mizrahi talking about a product called StriVectin, which is for men and women. You can ask your dermatologist about it. The ads air so often, it's kind of annoying LOL!  :D I copied this from Wikipedia: Mizrahi is currently the spokesperson for Klein-Becker's StriVectin anti-wrinkle cream

Offline ARMANDO

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Re: Skin Affects From Meds or HIV
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2007, 10:09:29 AM »
WELL IT IS TRUE WHEN YOU SAY THAT IT IS UNFAIR TO LOOSWE YOUR LOOKS  JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE HIV.SOME OF THE DRUGS HAVE NOW BEEN PROVEN TO HAVE CAUSE THESE SIDE EFFECTS AND THAT IS WHY FACE FILLERS ARE NOW SO POPULAR.

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Re: Skin Affects From Meds or HIV
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2007, 11:46:41 AM »
Do a google search on "seborrheic dermatitis" -- it's a very easy skin condition to get when you have HIV.  You'll end up getting a prescription for some salves to apply topically that will help control this, but it's not instant so give it a good month to clear things up.  I've had this off and on for the past decade.  It's also worse in the winter because the humidity level is so low and dermatitis adores dry skin.  I've also found that a daily use of facial cleanser containing glycolic acid is good -- someone eons ago that had HIV and this same problem recommended it to me, specifically because they'd had better results from this than any prescribed medication, and I must admit it's very effective for removing the layer of dead skin cells that aggravate dermatitis.  I use a brand religiously called "Derma E Glycolic Facial Cleanser with Marine Plant Extracts" that I've had to resort to ordering from Amazon.com because it's gotten harder and harder to find.  I've tried other things but for some reason this works best for me-- glycolic acid sounds harsh for one's face but trust me this concoction is not at all.  It's a really great over-the-counter skin product, but better than what you will find at the local pharmacy by far.  Yes, it's expensive I guess but I don't care because it's the only one I've found that I like, and my face is important.  I do not use it anywhere else on my body so a bottle lasts pretty long:

click this for amazon link

This source says 85% of HIV-infected individuals have this condition, though I rarely see it discussed here for some reason.  I also think I see it much more in Caucasians but I've read nothing to support this observation.

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Seborrheic dermatitis is a common disease that affects 2%-4% of the general population. However, up to 85% of HIV-infected people experience seborrheic dermatitis at some time after they acquire the infection. The cause of seborrheic dermatitis is unknown, but many investigators believe the yeast, Pityrosporum ovale, plays a role in the disease.

It is further postulated that the alteration of the immune system in HIV-AIDS changes the way the skin responds to this yeast leading to the higher rate of infection.

read more here:
http://dermatology.about.com/cs/seborrhea/a/seb_aids.htm

Of course, there are many other possibilities for your skin problem so you really should see a dermatologist -- have you even brought this issue up with your primary physician?  Mine gave me stuff without my having to go see a specialist, though years ago when it first started occurring (and when they seemed to not yet have a firm grasp on what they were beginning to see in HIV patients) I went to plenty of specialists.  Many gave me somewhat contradictory diagnosis... I'd make sure you see a dermatologist that sees a large amount of HIV-infected patients.

Here's a more detailed listing of other possibilities:

http://hivinsite.ucsf.edu/InSite?page=kb-04-01-01

good luck and please post back here if you get diagnosed with something particular
« Last Edit: March 18, 2007, 12:00:27 PM by philly267 »
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Offline SASA39

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Re: Skin Affects From Meds or HIV
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2007, 03:26:04 AM »
Like in all other HIV related things skin status is by my humble opinion a result of a mix of cross-linked factors
1.HIV- CD4& CD8 number and their relation to a something called TNF
( tumor necrosis factor - a factor who determine a lifespan of a single cell)
2.Drugs and their affect on mitochondrial toxicity
3. Mental state and life habits ( tobacco , obese ,.....) and of course a type of skin
Since on drugs for a 6 months I have noticed that my skin pores are much wider , skin looks just like goose's , rugged , with occasional red pathes ( especially after eating ?) , more sensitive to a shave razor ( micro bleeding) , and a increased amount of dandruff.
Anyone with similar experiences ?
Oct.     `06.  CD4=58  ?    %       VL not perform. ?!?
25.Dec.`06.         203       14        VL= 0
29.May.`07.    broken device        VL=1363
20.June`07     broken device        VL=0
25.Dec `07  CD4=582                  VL=70
14.May `08  CD4=448
29.July `08                                  VL=0
26.Nov `08  CD4=674                    VL=179
16.Mar `09  CD4=554                    VL=0
19.Jan`10 CD4=715               
03.Mar`10                                    VL=0
24.Aug`10 CD4=524                     VL=0
04.Dec`10 CD4=626                     VL=0
15.Sep`11                                   VL=93
17.Nov`11                                   VL=0
05/26 .Jul`12 CD4=713                 VL=0
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09.May`13                                 VL=0

Offline suzieque

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Re: Skin Affects From Meds or HIV
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2007, 05:16:47 AM »

   Hi. Just a quick thought. If you feel that your skin pigment is changing colour and you are taking anything containing AZT this could be the cause. This happened to me, as soon as a changed meds it stopped. Good to hear all the other responses, I do suffer from extremely dry skin and psoriasis sometimes too.
              Best wishes to you,
                      Suzie

 


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