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Author Topic: Do wounds or cuts heal slower with our kind?  (Read 12477 times)

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Offline jayson702

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Do wounds or cuts heal slower with our kind?
« on: February 21, 2013, 10:05:04 PM »
Hi all,

I've had this annoying papercut for the last 2 weeks and it's really getting annoying now. I have it between my fingers around the knuckle area ( by the middle finger ) and it just refuses to heal. I've tried Neosporin and Vaseline and it doesn't seem to work.

I also noticed about a month a go a had a small gash by my right knee due to hiking, ( I do alot of it ) and it only just recently healed. Does our kind have trouble with healing cuts? Does it depend on your CD4 count? My last counts were CD4 154 and U/D.  ???

Has anyone had experience with this?

Offline DrewEm

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Re: Do wounds or cuts heal slower with our kind?
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2013, 01:52:51 AM »
Yeah, I touched on this in one of my posts. I had a cur from an X-acto knife that took three weeks to heal. I was recently diagnosed wirh a CD4 <50 and VL sky high and I had just started on HAART.

Keep an eye on it and use antibiotics. If it persists ask your ID co about it.

Offline weasel

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Re: Do wounds or cuts heal slower with our kind?
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2013, 06:02:02 PM »

 I have found no reason to think my Boo Boos  take longer to heal .

  I hacked my leg with a chain saw , it took several weeks to  heal .  Nothing
 to long .

  Having had  HIV  /  AIDS  for over half of  my life now , I see no signs  of
healing issues , Paper cuts are horrid though .    :o     

 When I was  at 101  T-cells I had a few skin issues .
 But the years and years before that I had the most lovely skin . I really think a depressed immune system makes for pretty skin  :)

  A low CD-4   is reason to watch for any signs of infection !!!

                                           Be well , Don't be cutting yourselves   :-X

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Offline leatherman

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Re: Do wounds or cuts heal slower with our kind?
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2013, 07:06:17 PM »
believe it or not, not everything is related to HIV ;) ;D

sometimes cuts take a while to heal up; and sometimes you'll have aches and pains; and sometimes you'll even get a cold, fever, or the flu; and sometimes you'll be fatigued for no apparent reason - and all unrelated to HIV. All those things happen to everyone at some time of another.

usually wounds can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to heal up. it depends on where they are, how severe they are, and how you treat them. your hand as a whole, and fingers individually, move an awful lot which might be keeping the wound from closing up properly. Keeping it all greased up with ointment might keep the skin moist and malleable too, keeping the wound from closing up properly. If I were you, at this point I'd just use some band-aids and no ointment, and give it another week.

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Offline tednlou2

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Re: Do wounds or cuts heal slower with our kind?
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2013, 11:52:29 PM »
I do wonder about this, especially when my nipple ring gets infected and takes a while to heal.  Or, I get this rash in the fold of my left arm.  Or, my toe stays all red and swollen, after an ingrown toenail.  As I am thinking about it, all these things happened on my left side.  I also had pneumonia in my left lung.  I will now be wondering whether the immune system has left and right fighters...lol.  Perhaps not a totally silly thought.

However, I see so many friends on Facebook post how they are constantly sick with something.  How they have some rash.  I have wondered whether they have immune problems, or are hypochondriacs.  I honestly am amazed by the number, who seem to be always sick or with some ailment.  Granted, many have little kids, who are germ factories.  A friend just posted how her lip is infected pretty bad.  She says it is from having her mouth opened so long, during a dental procedure.  I thought how does your lip get infected from that?  She said the dentist didn't accidentally cut her lip, so very odd.  She said she thinks it is from having her mouth open so long, and the dentist resting tools on her lip. 

So, that makes me think many have issues with getting bugs and infections.  We just think about them more.  Now, check back with me on this the next time I get sick.

Offline gadawg1979

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Re: Do wounds or cuts heal slower with our kind?
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2013, 02:08:15 AM »
Based on personal experience I think bug bites take longer to heal now that i am Poz
Diagnosed March 2012
Initial CD4- 156 VL 200K (started Complera) Genotype test no resistance
First labs on meds CD4- 246 VL 2K Taken after 30 days on Complera
90 Day labs VL 306 No CD4 Drawn
8/21/2012 CD4 474 VL Undetectable (40) %20.6
11/27/2012 CD 4 522 VL Undetectable (40)
2/14/2013 CD 4 464 VL Undetecable (30) 19.6%
6/8/3013 CD 4 528 VL Undetectable (30)
9/24/2013 CD 4 546 VL Undetectable (40)
1/30/2014 CD4 560 VL Undetectable (40) 22 %
6/19/2014 CD4 584 Vl Undetecable (30)


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