Eosinophilic Folliculitis Hiv
Eosinophilic folliculitis ef is a chronic intensely pruritic condition of unknown pathogenesis that causes marked morbidity in those hiv patients whom it affects.
Eosinophilic folliculitis hiv. Eosinophilic folliculitis is a benign dermatologic disease. Ef consists of itchy red bumps centered on hair follicles and typically found on the upper body sparing the abdomen and legs. Department of health and human services hhs as part of an award totaling 300000 with 0 financed with non governmental sources. The national hiv curriculum is an aids education and training center aetc program supported by the health resources and services administration hrsa of the us.
Cases of eosinophilic pustular folliculitis have also reported after bone marrow. Human immunodeficiency virusassociated eosinophilic folliculitis hiv ef is a chronic papulovesicular disease seen in late stages of hiv infection as cd4 cell counts drop below 300ul. There is a wide differential diagnosis of itchy skin conditions in hiv which are amenable to different treatments. Eosinophilic pustular folliculitis epf is a skin disorder characterized by recurring itchy red or skin colored bumps and pustules bumps containing pus.
Eosinophilic folliculitis ef is a pruritic skin eruption consisting of follicular papules or pustules predominantly located on the scalp face neck and upper chest picture 1a b. The condition is named after the fact that skin biopsies of this disorder find eosinophils a type of immune cell around hair follicles. Eosinophilic pustular folliculitis associated with hiv infection presents when levels of cd4 lymphocyte cells drop below 300 cellsmm 3 a level at which there is an increased risk of a secondary opportunistic infection. Eosinophilic folliculitis is an itchy rash with an unknown cause that is most common among individuals with hiv though it can occur in hiv negative individuals where it is known by the eponym ofuji disease.
However eosinophilic folliculitis is associated with advanced aids and patients with hiv infection are at an increased risk of developing opportunistic infections.