Skin Treatment



HIV Treatment and The Skin

HIV

Molluscum Contagiosum

This is a common viral skin infection and it can affect infants, children and adults

They present in clusters of ‘bumps’ especially in moist areas of the body. They can differ in size and present as brown, white or pink ‘bumps’/papules

They often have a central pit. This condition can be surrounded by inflamed crusted or scaly skin. This is a harmless virus, but it can be present for a few months or years

How is this spread?

This can be spread from person to person. It can occur as a sexually transmitted disease too

Molluscum Contagiosum can also occur in atopic dermatitis, HIV and at sites of injury

Treatment

There is no cure for this virus but your dermatologist or GP can discuss treatment options with you.



Eczema Treatment

Atopic eczema

This is an inflammatory skin condition

It affects both sexes equally and can present in early infancy. It can also present in the teenage or adult years

This condition usually disappears in late childhood

Contributing factors

There is a genetic predisposition to this condition and it can be associated with asthma and allergic rhinitis

This is not a contractible disease

Is Atopic dermatitis hereditary?

As mentioned earlier this is a known fact. If one or both the parents suffer from hay fever or asthma then the child may suffer from the above too

What does eczema look and feel like?

This condition can itch.

It can be present on any part of the skin but most common site is the bends of the knees and elbows.

The skin will look dry and itchy. Water blisters may be present. It can also look wet and weepy.

The skin may also thicken, this is a condition called lichenification

What causes flare ups?

It can be made worse by being unwell i.e. having an infection in the body elsewhere

  • Environment may place a role
  • Food may play a minimal role
  • Stress has been implicated in some patients
  • Dryness of skin may also exacerbate it

Is there a cure?

There is no cure for this skin condition but it can be managed by your general practioner or dermatologist.



Psoriasis Treatment

Information coming soon.