Questions are flooding Internet health forums asking what the connection is between Hives and AIDs. They don’t really have a medical connection in particular. However, since AIDs is an immune disease, someone with AIDs would probably be more likely to get hives than someone that doesn’t have AIDs. It is also true that hives usually have an underlying cause which could in fact be AIDs.
On Thebody.com, Robert James Frascino of the AIDs Foundation comments specifically on HIV. He states “Generally speaking, hives or urticarial eruptions are not all that common in HIV acute retroviral syndrome (ARS).” He goes on to recommend seeing an allergist or dermatologist to find any underlying causes.
According to Livestrong.com, people who suffer from AIDs often have chronic skin problems such as rashes, hives, lesions and wounds that won’t heal. These symptoms may be triggered by an allergic reaction. Hives normally come and go regularly, so if you have them for an extended period of time, you may want to visit your physician to find out if there is an underlying cause to your allergy.
The Hives & AIDs connection
One reason for the confusion is that hives are usually caused by an over-active immunity problem. This is where the immune system’s antibodies overreacts to certain triggers and maybe even attacks its own tissue. In cases of AIDs, on the other hand, the immune system is not able to react properly because there it is not as active as it should be. The simple fact that they are both immune deficiencies makes people connect the two.
Another connection between hives and AIDs could be in the medications. Certain medications have been known to trigger hives in people. However, one should not suppose that it is AIDs or the medications that have triggered these hives. There are plenty of environmental factors that can trigger these sorts of allergic reactions, and there are plenty of diseases that may be the underlying cause of hives. What ever you think the cause may be, you should consult with your doctor as soon as possible.
Overall, however, people tend to overreact to thing in which they don’t understand. For example, because hives come out of nowhere, if not recognized the first thought may be that the hives are an AIDs symptom. Also, people who see someone with hives may automatically assume they have a terrible disease. The best thing to do is not jump to conclusions. Simply, visit your doctor to get examined and diagnosed as soon as possible.