Skin rashes can occur early or late in the course of HIV/AIDS.
For Ron, this was another sign that he might not have run-of-the-mill allergies or a cold.
That's not surprising: Many of the symptoms are the same, including pain in the joints and muscles and swollen lymph glands.
Lymph nodes are part of your body's immune system and tend to get inflamed when there's an infection.
"Patients with depleted immune systems will be more susceptible to fungal infections," Dr. Another fungal infection that's common in later stages is thrush, a mouth infection caused by Candida, a type of yeast.The cough and the weight loss may also presage a serious infection caused by a germ that wouldn't bother you if your immune system was working properly."There are many different opportunistic infections and each one can present differently," Dr. In Ron's case, it was Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP), aka "AIDS pneumonia," which eventually landed him in the hospital."As that happens, there is an inflammatory reaction by the immune system."The inflammatory response generated by your besieged immune system also can cause you to feel tired and lethargic.Fatigue can be both an early and later sign of HIV.