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Usually not: There have been a few reports of HIV patients with this illness which has come and gone as HIV levels change. It's quite common and by no means indicates you are infected. Savvy "health care consumers" get checked for HIV from time to time even if they're not doing risky things. Go ahead. Best wishes. ...Read more
Easy question: Macules are flat. Papules are raised above the surrounding level of the skin. Hives are itchy papules where each hives lasts less than 24 hours. Hives often last for days to weeks but an individual hive lasts less than a day, resolves without leaving a mark on the skin, and may be replaced with other hives. ...Read more
Hypersensitive skin toes/feet burns/stings horrible. Cold toes seeing vascular. Not ms. Crp 10. Normal thyroid. Stiff/painful joints hands, feet not ra?
May start as rash: The rash may start above the feet and progress over the knees. It does not blanche if you press on it and release it, because the little red spots are bleeds, called petechiae. Next the feet swell and may develop pitting edema. You now need an immunologist assessment and therapy with steroids to prevent kidney involvement and arrest progression of this autoimmune disease.Serum IGA may be high. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does infectious disease specialist treat or study systemic scleroderma. Undifferentied diffuse connective tissue disease,raynauds?
No: these are generally dealt with by rheumatologists. Good luck. ...Read more
Ross River Virus Jan2014, subsequent rash & pernicious anaemia. Rash appears to be BULLOUS PEMPHIGOLD. Topical ointment NOVASONE largely ineffectual ?
Ouch!: If you haven't, see a Dermatologist - here's good info: http://www.dermnet.com/videos/bullous-diseases/autoimmune-blistering-diseases-of-the-basement-membrane-zone/bullous-pemphigoid-treatment/ You may need systemic corticosteroids but they have some bad side EFX. I hope it helps! Wish I could say 'No worries'. ...Read more
Uncertain, but: It is known that celiac dz is associated w autoimmune diseases (antibodies against one's own tissues, eg diabetes-I).A letter in the Scandinavian Journal of Rheum in 2010 reported evidence of scleroderma-like activity in celiac disease. Raynaud's is found in cases of scleroderma, an auto-immune disease that causes scarring that can impede blood flow to fingers. 2010, Vol. 39, No. 5 , Pages 438-43 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't think likely: Have never seen so probably unlikelyGet a more detailed answer ›
Different: Raynaud's is spasm of blood vessel with cold or stress leading to white (most important color change) as well as red and blue. Classicially it occurs in the fingers, but also can involve the feet or internal arteries. Livedo is a mottled reticulated vascular pattern that appears like a lace-like purplish discoloration of the lower extremities due swelling of medium veins. The causes can be many. ...Read more
Autoimmune disease: A disease in which your body makes antibodies against your own cells. These antibodies cause destruction and inflammation which produce a wide variety of symptoms depending on what cells are being injured. There are some common symptoms and signs with the disease, but just about any symptom could be produced by lupus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: It can be due to an underlying autoimmune disorder, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. In this case, the underlying autoimmune disorder may be hereditary; but the autoimmune hemolytic anemia is not hereditary. It is simply the manifestation of the underlying disorder. There are also several causes of autoimmune hemolytic anemia that are not inherited. ...Read more
Yes: Raynaud's can occur at anytime of year but is less common in warmer weather. Smoking and excessive caffeine can worsen the symptoms. Also, minimize the handling of ice cold beverages. Keep air conditioning settings at comfortable, not cold. Be aware that restaurants and more expensive stores keep the temperature settings low. ...Read more
See below: Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex viruses. They are usually recurrent not chronic. Recurrent cold sores can be prevented by long term antiviral therapy with valtrex, (valacyclovir) Famvir etc. These meds can be prescribed by your family physician or internist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer