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Author Topic: Itchy Blistery Bumps from Rey/Nor/Truv Combo?  (Read 4317 times)

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Offline gonzo

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Itchy Blistery Bumps from Rey/Nor/Truv Combo?
« on: October 16, 2008, 04:23:49 AM »
Hi All,
 I been on this combo now for 3 weeks, and was tolerating it pretty well, or atleast I thought.
Last week I noticed a bump on my arm, it looked like an insect bite except it was raised alot higher then they usually do when I get them. That night it itched like mad, and it started oozing some yellowish,sticky liquid. Well since then I now have about a dozen or so of these blistery things on my arms, hands, and face-some about as big as a pencil eraser.
 Is it safe to take Benadryl while on this combo?, has anyone had a similar reaction?
I hope it's something that will pass, I really liked this combo, infact other then this reaction, I haven't felt this good in a long time!

G
« Last Edit: October 16, 2008, 04:31:51 AM by gonzo »
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Re: Itchy Blistery Bumps from Rey/Nor/Truv Combo?
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2008, 05:20:57 AM »
gonzo,

That doesn't really sound like a med-related rash. It sounds like something you need to show your doctor.

Ann
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Re: Itchy Blistery Bumps from Rey/Nor/Truv Combo?
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2008, 05:04:55 AM »
 Thanks for your reply Ann, I have made appointment to see my ID Dr this week, as well as Dermatologist next week, but I really think it is related to the meds.
 This is distressing to me, I was really liking this combo, now it looks like I might have to try something else. I hope maybe the Dr. can give me something to combat the prob, then I would surely stay with it.
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Re: Itchy Blistery Bumps from Rey/Nor/Truv Combo?
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2008, 06:07:03 AM »
Gonzo

I'm on the same combo as you and have never had any problems, I know everyone is different, but from my experience it's the NNRTIs that can cause the majority of HIV skin rashes...more so than the other groups from what I understand, I hope this is just an allergic reaction to something unrelated to the HIV meds, especially since you are doing well on them now...let us know what your doctor has to say.

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Re: Itchy Blistery Bumps from Rey/Nor/Truv Combo?
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2008, 07:04:08 AM »
Hello,

Anytime something begins to ooze --would have me in concern. I hope that you have had this checked out and treated, since you posted. Let us know how your doing.

I am only on one of the meds that your on, and that is the Viread portion of truvada. I never had this problem.


Take care---Ray

Also just read that you made an appointment, but don't hesitate to get it checked out sooner if need be.
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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
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Re: Itchy Blistery Bumps from Rey/Nor/Truv Combo?
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2008, 08:02:26 AM »
Hi Gonzo,

I'm glad you've got an appointment with a Derm doc. It was the oozing factor that made me think it's not related to the meds. I've never once heard anyone describe their med rash as oozing sticky yellow fluid. That sounds more like some sort of infection.

Please keep us posted as to what transpires at the derm appointment. Good luck, I hope it's something simple!

Ann
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Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

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Re: Itchy Blistery Bumps from Rey/Nor/Truv Combo?
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2008, 11:37:02 AM »
Over my 15 years of being on meds, there have been a couple times where I got an odd rash that ended up being in now way connected to any HIV medication.  I called it "jungle rot".  Went away quickly in the end and hasn't returned now for a decade.  Sometimes things just happen, and not everything is connected to HIV.

Of course, it's always possible that it is, but I'm just saying that one should be careful in always drawing conclusions, easy as it may be to convince oneself otherwise.
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Re: Itchy Blistery Bumps from Rey/Nor/Truv Combo?
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2008, 11:35:07 AM »
HEY GONZO ,
                   Hope your Volcanic ooze pumps are doing better !

   I am on the same meds you are on !

   I HAVE BEEN PLAUGED WITH THE SAME " IMPETIGO " AS YOU !

   IT was the first indication something was  going wrong ,BEFORE  I was diagnosed AIDS !

    I do NOT believe it has anything to do with your MEDS .

   I hope you find a good DERMITOLOGIST  to help you clear up your skin .

   I have found  AUGMENTON  does wonders !

   I think you should NOT bathe  ,as it tends to spread the skin virus in the water ,shower only !

   do NOT scratch this Pimpoles ! it spreads very easy , and is possible to spread to your partner !

   **********   THESE ARE MY EXPIRIENCES AND OTHERS MAY BE DEFERENT ,I AM NOT A DOCTOR ,

  ONLY OFFERING MY PROBLEMS WITH IMPETIGO  FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS !

                                                              the best to you ,

                                                                                 Karl

  P.S. avoid Moquitoes !
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Offline gonzo

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Re: Itchy Blistery Bumps from Rey/Nor/Truv Combo?
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2008, 01:16:11 AM »
Appreciate the input guys,
 I went to my ID Dr this week, he doesn't think it's med related,he thought maybe it was scabies but I doubted that highly, anyway I tried this cream he prescribed-permethrin, and it really did not help at all, infact now I have dry skin, and itch even more, lucky me!
Hopefully the derm can help me, I'll post after I see him.
I really do hope I am wrong, and it's something I can work thru, just the thought of having to try another combo is depressing.
I've had rashes before, the head to toe-needing prednisone kind, but they did not look or feel like this.
Weasel, I'll bring that up with my derm, but I'm thinking if it was impetigo my ID Dr. would have picked up on it?, but I am taking your advice about not bathing(which I usually do), incase it is some kind of skin virus, showering makes more sense.
Again, Thank you all!

G

diagnosed in 1990, current Meds: Truvada/Reyataz/Norvir

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Re: Itchy Blistery Bumps from Rey/Nor/Truv Combo?
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2008, 07:10:53 AM »
Hi Gonzo, thank you for keeping us updated.

You might want to try a moisturizer for the dry skin. Get something that doesn't have extra gunk in it like perfume. E45 is a good one if you can get it where you live. I'm not sure if it's only available in Britain though. Anything that says "hypo-allergenic" on the label would be good.

I hope you get to the bottom of this soon and get it cleared up. I suffered from eczema all through my childhood and early adulthood, so I know first hand how rotten a rash can make you feel.

Good luck and please, continue to keep us updated.

Hugs (non-itchy ones!)
Ann
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

Offline gonzo

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Re: Itchy Blistery Bumps from Rey/Nor/Truv Combo?
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2008, 01:40:35 PM »
Well it seems I was wrong, the derm says it's def not med related, which was a sigh of relief on my part. He said it looked like some type of bacterial infection, and prescribed Augmentin antibiotic for it, I hope it works, but atleast I know I can continue on my HIV meds without concern.
Ann, I took your advice and bought a moisturizer for the dry patches, unfortunately, can't find this E45, so perhaps it is only available abroad, I bought something called cetaphil which seems to be helping some.
Thank you all again for your input!, much appreciated.

G

PS-weasel: you were right about the medication for what ails me-Augmentin, I hope it works wonders for me too! ^^
« Last Edit: October 31, 2008, 02:15:58 PM by gonzo »
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Re: Itchy Blistery Bumps from Rey/Nor/Truv Combo?
« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2008, 08:32:34 AM »
Hi Gonzo, thanks again for keeping us updated.

So my suspicions were confirmed - it's an infection. The yellow ooze gave it away. :)

Fingers crossed the Augmentin takes care of it quickly for you. Good luck!

Ann
Condoms are a girl's best friend

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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

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Re: Itchy Blistery Bumps from Rey/Nor/Truv Combo?
« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2008, 05:49:01 AM »
He said it looked like some type of bacterial infection, and prescribed Augmentin antibiotic for it, I hope it works, but atleast I know I can continue on my HIV meds without concern.

G



Gonzo,

I hope this new antibiotic is working for you. Keep us updated...

Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

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Re: Itchy Blistery Bumps from Rey/Nor/Truv Combo?
« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2008, 12:11:28 PM »
 I received a phone call from my ID Dr. this morning, he called to talk about my blood work.
This made me think omg, the meds aren't working, but that panic attack soon disappeared because he said, he was suprised that in just one month of being on this combo my cd4 is 255 and my vl is 2900, in other words great news! ^^

 I been off meds for pretty much a year due to very bad allergic reaction, and even before that my adherence to them was not that great, I was undetectable once, but the side effects made me not want to take them( crixivan/combivir).

 I am taking this new combo religiously, and the only side effect I thought I had from them was the blistery bumps, I am so happy that I can continue on them, and that they are working.

G
« Last Edit: November 03, 2008, 12:18:56 PM by gonzo »
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Re: Itchy Blistery Bumps from Rey/Nor/Truv Combo?
« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2008, 03:21:36 AM »
Sigh, the antibiotic did not resolve my issue, after searching online, I think I might have eosinophilic folliculitis, has anyone on here ever had this? The blistering stopped, my guess it was a response to my starting HAART, but these itchy bumps don't seem to want to go anywhere. :(
Going to see ID Dr. next week, hope he can shed some light on this.

G
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Offline BM

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Re: Itchy Blistery Bumps from Rey/Nor/Truv Combo?
« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2008, 05:23:19 PM »
I've just been diagnosed with eosinophilic folliculitis. My rash was a little pussy in places, but it wasn't a defining feature of it. It was mainly 'pimply'. I've been prescribed Elocon ointment which, after just one application, is working wonders.

To confirm EF, you will need to have a skin biopsy. It's not a pleasant procedure but it is mercifully quick!

 


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