Posted by: KP | 2009-04-20

Diagnosed with Keratosis Pilaris

Dear CyberDoc

M Dermatologist diagnosed me with Keratosis Pilaris today after my GP believed I had an allergy and referred me to him. It is all over my chest, stomach, upper legs and lower and upper arms.

I am rather petrified knowing this is an incurable disorder.

He gave me 15% cortisone cream mixed with Epimax to try and clear it up, whereafter I will always be applying Epimax only.

Doctor, I am just rather dumbfounded. I am 21 years of age now. Does this condition not start in childhood? How can I get it at age 21? Is that possible?

Secondly, I would just like to please know whether this condition can ever be a sign of initial HIV infection in people?

Thank you doctor.

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Our expert says:
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Dear KP
This can be more pronounced in teenagers and young adults and it tends to improve with age. This is not a sign of HIV infection. It can be treated with steroids and retinoid creams.
Dr Bets

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