Colorless swelling on hands, thighs, stomach. Advise? - Online Doctor Chats
I Dr XXXXXXX I have two quick questions
The first one is from my colleague XXXXXXX
hi doc, i have few swelling across my hands, stomach and thight...these are colourless and are not painful. Can you please guie what they would be and what is the solution since there were few now they keep on increasing.
hi you there
I just read that
What color is the skin on the swelling?
Clourless no colou
Normal skin color, right?
colourless...they are under the skin and normal skin colour....
Can you move it from side to side
in some i can in some i cannot but they are mostly soft except one or two
I think its what we call a lipoma
This is a benign tumour of the fat cells
Nothing needs to be done about it as such
If you find it cosmetically disturbing, it can be removed by a small surgery
but they keep on increasing and have multiplied in numbers once i last checked...
If you can send me a picture, I will be able to confirm it for you
please send it at YYYY@YYYY
Write attention to Dr. XXXXXXX in the subject
i will try since i will not be able to do it in office.
try and send it across
we'll get back to you after seeing the image
ok...my second question is that will this be a symptom of HIV as i have read about it somewhere on the net
This actually has nothing to do with HIV
You will notice enlarged lymph nodes in the neck especially
the front portion of the neck or the back?
Under the chin and below the XXXXXXX and all along the muscle in the neck
ok. can you please advise me what are the basic symptom of HIV detection and how could a person be alerted of the same to get it further tested.
When there is a history of exposure to blood or a person which could be HIV positive
We generally do a screening test at 6 weeks and 12 weeks
If this is positive, we confirm the HIV infection by doing a western blot test
If negative, we repeat at 6 months post exposure
If this is also negative, there is no problem
that is for the test but since but are there any common symptoms which a man/woman suffers which could alert him/her that this could be HIV
The person is definitely not HIV positive
Some people may have symptoms and some people wouldnt
Thats why we dont wait for the symptoms to appear
However, the important part is not everyone who is HIV positive will get symptoms
Thats why if there is a history of exposure, it is best to get tested
what do you mean by lymph node enlargement. Swellings around the neck?
They appear like that
actually lymph nodes are structures that protect us from infection
'whenever there is an infection, they enlarge
They can be felt as small, rounded swellings in the neck
They are usually movable
and the lymph nodes are only near the neck which they enlarge for HIV symptom
Thats where you would be able to feel them
As a physician, I am trained to feel enlarged lymph nodes all over the body
Multiple groups will be enlarged
The term is called generalized lymphadenopathy
It means "generally, all groups of lymph nodes are involved"
No not at all
First the location
That is most inportant
You dont have lymph nodes that you can feel in the thigh
Mine is on the hands fore arms/upper arms thighs and stomach?
The ones you can feel are in the groin
Same for stomach
ok. thanks doc...you have been able to solve my query
But there is 1 important thing that I want to bring to your notice
When there is exposure to HIV, we have drugs which can prevent you from getting the infection
These need to be taken within 72 hours
Its called post exposure prophylaxis
That means we are preventing it post exposure\
They need to be taken for 1 month-6 weeks
depending on how severe the exposure was
ok i have had no exposure either through blood or through unprotected intercourse. I have always been careful in this. All my intercourse have been protected always and i have had no blood exposure.
Then why are you worried about HIV?
Is there anything else I can hep you with?
no thanks. bye
Thanks for consulting me
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