Here’s How HIV Affects Your Nails

HIV Symptoms Pictures:

Below are some of the most common hiv symptoms. You may have other symptoms. If so, then they will not be discussed here.

These are just the most obvious ones.

1) Redness or swelling of your lips and tongue, especially around your eyes (this is called cyanosis).

2) A sudden increase in temperature, like when you get fever.

3) Increased urination.

This could mean that you have been exposed to something that causes a drop in blood pressure such as a virus or bacteria.

4) Changes in the way your nails grow, becoming thin and fragile with white spots appearing at their tips.

They may even fall off completely if untreated.

5) Changes in the size of your fingernails.

They may become very small or almost nonexistent.

6) Darkening of your skin, particularly on your face and hands.

This could indicate that you have developed AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), which is a disease caused by a lack of certain proteins in the body. The protein deficiency results in weakened immune system and makes one susceptible to many diseases including AIDS.

7) You may feel feverish and chilled, almost all the time.

8) Skin rash or rashes of any kind on your body.

9) Sores in your mouth or on your skin that do not heal within a certain period of time.

10) Changes in your vision. This includes blurriness and black spots in your vision.

11) Trouble concentrating.

12) Unintentional weight loss or gain without trying.

It is extremely important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms. If you do not seek medical treatment immediately, the virus may cause further complications that can be much worse to treat and become life-threatening.

What is usually the first sign of hiv?

The most common symptoms of HIV, especially in the early stages are skin rashes and yeast infections. These can manifest in a number of ways, including sores in the mouth or on the skin that do not heal within a certain period of time. Changes in vision such as blurriness and black spots in your vision can occur too. Changes in your ability to concentrate and unintentional weight loss or gain without trying are also telltale signs of the virus.

How long does it take to show symptoms of hiv?

It may take anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months for you to experience symptoms of HIV, although most people begin feeling unwell within 2 months of infection. More than 90% of those infected with the virus will begin experiencing symptoms in the first year.

What are the stages of hiv infection?

At the first stage, you may not even know that you are infected. A blood test can reveal your infection at this point. This stage is known as the “window period” because it is typically during this period, before your body produces the anti-bodies necessary to fight off the infection, that you can still contract the virus through contact with infected blood or bodily fluids. If you do not receive treatment during this time, the virus goes into the “clinical latency” stage, a period of inactivity when there are no symptoms. This may last anywhere from a few years to over a decade. The virus then enters the final stage, the “AIDS diagnosis”, when the infection begins to take its toll on your immune system, becoming AIDS.

How can I be tested for hiv?

If you think you may have been exposed to the virus, there are a number of tests that can help determine whether or not you are infected. Although there is currently no cure for HIV or a vaccine to prevent infection, early treatment can improve your quality of life and prevent the virus from becoming active. There are three types of tests that can be administered; the ELISA test, the Western Blot test and the PCR test. The most reliable test available is the Western Blot test.

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Long-term follow-up of an HIV-infected patient with reactive arthritis treated with infliximab by NB Gaylis – JCR: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, 2012 – journals.lww.com

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