Monday, 13 November 2017

Pictures of HIV Rash

What does HIV rash feel like? How to identify an HIV rash? A rash is one of the clinical manifestations of HIV. It usually occurs within the first two months after getting infected with the virus.



You need to carefully assess the type of rash as it can be mistaken for other types of viral infection. When it comes to HIV, there is no single rash specific to people. It primarily depends on how strong the immune system is. A weak immune system is prone to infection and can trigger a number of skin reactions. (1, 2, and 3)

Characteristics of HIV rash

Seroconversion rash

It occurs as the body produces HIV antibodies. Aside from seroconversion rash, the patient can also have a fever and swollen lymph nodes. The rash is flat, red, and not itchy. It can be found in the large areas of the body such as the back and chest. (4)

Side effects of HIV drugs

A skin rash can be an allergic reaction to HIV drugs. The rash appears as tiny red bumps and affects a large area of the body. Aside from rash, the patient may also have a fever and painful muscles. (2, 3)

Rash secondary to herpes

A rash is a typical manifestation of herpes, which is a highly contagious disease. People infected with HIV cannot fight off herpes virus. Their immune system is compromised and so they have worse symptoms than non-HIV patients. (1, 4)

Molluscum contagiosum

It is a wart-like lesion that spreads to other people. This particular HIV skin lesions do not hurt but get worse as time passes by.

Maculopapular rash HIV

It is a flat, red skin rash covered in raised bumps. It usually appears on the skin in the early stage of HIV infection. It is prominent in the face, chest, and palms.

Symptoms that accompany an HIV rash

  • Fever
  • Flu-like symptoms such as chills and muscle aches
  • Swelling of the lymph nodes
  • Feeling exhausted

Hiv Rash Pictures


 HIV rash that appears on cluster affecting the patient's shoulder area hiv rash pictures
picture 1: HIV rash that appears on cluster affecting the patient's shoulder area.
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An itchy HIV rash on the hip area hiv rash pictures
 picture 2: An itchy HIV rash on the hip area.
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Scattered rashes on the patient's back pictures of hiv rash
picture 3: Scattered rashes on the patient's back.
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Maculopapular Rash affecting the patient's chest characterized by red raised bumps pictures of hiv rash
picture 4: Maculopapular Rash affecting the patient's chest characterized by red raised bumps.
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HIV rash usually affects the face and large areas of the body such as the chest pictures of hiv rash
picture 5: HIV rash usually affects the face and large areas of the body such as the chest.
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The patient has severe HIV rash on the legs images of hiv rash
picture 6: The patient has severe HIV rash on the legs.
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Seroconversion rash on the large area of the body. The rashes are flat, red, and not itchy images of hiv rash
picture 7: Seroconversion rash on the large area of the body. The rashes are flat, red, and not itchy.
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HIV rash usually found in the facial area particularly in the neck and cheek hiv rash images
picture 8: HIV rash usually found in the facial area particularly in the neck and cheek.
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HIV rash can also affect the head area, although a very rare scenario photos of hiv rash
picture 9: HIV rash can also affect the head area, although a very rare scenario.
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HIV rash on the patient's cheek area. the rashes are red and covered in raised bumps hiv rash photos
picture 10: HIV rash on the patient's cheek area. the rashes are red and covered in raised bumps.
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How long does HIV rash last?

HIV rash typically last for about two to three weeks. With the advancement of medicine, skin problems including the ones caused by HIV rash are now easy to treat. Depending on the type of rash, the doctor might prescribe hydrocortisone cream so as to improve the appearance of the rash and alleviate itching.

Aside from medication, it is important to make the necessary lifestyle changes. Avoid being exposed to direct sunlight and heat source. Hot showers should be completely avoided as it makes the rash worse.

If you feel like you have been exposed to HIV, the best thing to do is to set an appointment with your doctor. Take note of the symptoms you have been dealing with lately so that your doctor can come up with an accurate diagnosis. (5, 6, 7, and 8)

References :
  1. https://www.dred.com/uk/early-symptoms-of-hiv.html
  2. https://www.healthline.com/health/hiv-aids/rashes-and-skin-conditions-hiv
  3. https://www.healthline.com/health/hiv-rash-symptoms-treatments
  4. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/315963.php
  5. https://byebyedoctor.com/hiv-rash/
  6. https://www.dred.com/uk/hiv-rash.html
  7. https://www.webmd.com/hiv-aids/hiv-rash-causes-and-treatments_#1
  8. https://www.stdcheck.com/hiv-rash.php