Herpes arthropathy arising on a background of HIV infection

herpes infection may serve as a marker of HIV infection as an indicator of a certain weakening of the body's immune system, but compared with other types of viral lesions of HIV are relatively rare.

main forms of herpes infections in HIV-infected

  • Shingles (herpes zoster).Its causative agent is the Varicella zoster.Usually, a few days after the appearance of the characteristic arrangement (mostly along the main segmental nerves) skin rashes observed pain in the joints.Often this is accompanied by severe redness and swelling of the skin over the joint, limiting the range of motion.The most commonly affected knee joints, but arthritis symptoms do not last more than 7-10 days.
  • Acute monoarthritis in the background herpetiformis rash.The causative agent of this form of herpes infection is a Herpes simplex type 1.Most affected is one of the major joints.This arthritis can result in a complete cure without sequelae within 2-3 weeks.But sometimes there are protracted form, lasting 3-4 months, ending in
    remission without residual changes in the joint.
  • arthritis when infected with Epstein - Barr virus.Its causative agent is the Human Herpes Virus type 4.It may take the form of monoarthritis or defeat of a few large joints, as well as to appear as a symmetric polyarthritis.Manifestations of arthritis can occur from 8 days to 14 months.Often accompanied by symptoms of myalgia.

Diagnosis and treatment of herpetic arthritis

and diagnosis, and treatment are carried out by the general rules of detection and treatment of herpesvirus infections using antiherpetic drugs, but in conjunction with treatment of the underlying disease - AIDS.If herpesvirus arthritis observed on the background of carriers of HIV, the treatment is combined with general activities aimed at strengthening the immune system.

Vaccination antiherpetic serum is available only when a saved enough immunity, or high probability of reactive arthritis herpes in patients with HIV infection.All questions on the treatment of herpesvirus arthropathy solved purely individual, based on the patient's general condition, and carried out by a specialist.Self-development is fraught with serious complications.

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