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Br J Dermatol. 1997 Oct;137(4):620-2.

Aquagenic urticaria and human immunodeficiency virus infection: treatment with stanozolol.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, U.K.


We report the first case of aquagenic urticaria in a patient with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. This is a rare physical urticaria not previously described in this context. The disorder proved unamenable to conventional treatment with antihistamines, but did respond dramatically to stanozolol, suggesting a novel indication for this anabolic steroid.

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