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What is the difference between lower back acne and HIV skin lesions?

What is the difference between lower back acne and HIV skin lesions?

Easy to tell: The familiar blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples of common acne, especially where clothing or a gym machine may rub on the lower back, are easy to distinguish from all the common hiv-related skin lesions including the brown-red, non-tender, non-suppurating lesions of kaposi's. The call should be easy, and it may be neither! ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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Hiv (Definition)

Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more


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Is a chest x-Ray enough to eliminate the possibility of Kaposi sarcoma in the lungs? Addressed for hiv positive individuals. No skin lesions

Is a chest x-Ray enough to eliminate the possibility of Kaposi sarcoma in the lungs? Addressed for hiv positive individuals. No skin lesions

Suggest CT: Three reasons CT is better than chest x ray for this situation: 1) Kaposi sarcoma can be subtle on CXR, esp if early. 2) CT is by far better at showing otherwise occult disease in the chest. 3) The chances of an HIV pt. having other problems that only CT might see is not insignificant. ...Read more

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What is causing my pus filled skin lesions?

What is causing my pus filled skin lesions?

If there is pus...: It already is infected. It needs to be drained and cleaned for the infection to go away. If it spreads into the deeper tissue, you will need to take an antibiotic to get rid of it. Use warm water soaks with some epsom salts, dish soap, or even a splash of vinegar (most bacteria aren't that tolerant of an acid environment). Keep the pus draining out of the hole that's already there. ...Read more

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How can you prevent scarring from skin lesions?

How can you prevent scarring from skin lesions?

Sometimes scarring..: ...Occurs no matter what you do. Other times it depends on the skin lesions. With acne, you can often prevent scarring by not picking or squeezing your zits. Wound scars heal with smaller scars if kept clean and free of infection. Some people just naturally inherit skin that scars easily (or less easily). ...Read more

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My baby has oozing, crusting skin lesions. Should I cover them or leave them open?

My baby has oozing, crusting skin lesions. Should I cover them or leave them open?

Oozing skin lesions: You should have the baby seen asap by a clinician to examine the lesions. Honey crusting is associated with a staph infection until proven otherwise. ...Read more

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What can cause skin lesions?

What can cause skin lesions?

Sun damage: Sun damage can cause skin lesions as well as infections, cancer, and autoimmune diseases. It depends on what the lesion is, what it looks like (color, raised, flat etc) and what it feels like (itchy, hot , painful, etc). Skin is the largest organ that protects our bodies and it is exposed to sun, cold viruses, bacteria, stress, injuries and more. Any of these can lead to a lesion. ...Read more

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What could cause purple-brown skin lesions?

What could cause purple-brown skin lesions?

Have it evaluated.: There are many things that may cause a discoloration of the skin. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections and cancer can cause a discoloration of the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash or a discoloration of the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Can precancerous skin lesions be asymptomatic?

Yes: Precancerous skin lesions are generally symptomatic. There may be a may a rough patch of skin for precancerous squamous cell carcinoma and a dysplastic nevus in the case of a melanoma, ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more


Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Skin Lesions (Definition)

Skin lesions is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more