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Possible herpetic whitlow?

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About 3 days ago this random bump came up on my finger. It is on my right index finger on the side right on the joint. It was very painful which is what kind of made me notice it. I wondered if maybe there was something at home I could do to get it to go away, and upon trying to figure out what it might be, I stumbled across Herpetic Whitlow. Although rare, it is the only lump looking thing I have found on a finger that looks somewhat like the lump I have.

I have not been intimate with anyone sexually for 3 months, and I do not work in any field where I could obtain this (such as a dentist or healthcare worker). The only thing that happened before this was I went on a date with someone and we did kiss. Now I am a bit paranoid because I have a friend who has genital herpes and he told me that genital herpes can be passed through kissing, but I really didn't think it could, and I am worried because this hand with the lump on has come into contact with down below on me.

So I guess my questions are: 


1. Is it possible to get Herpetic Whitlow in any way just localized on the hand through day to day stuff without having a herpes infection?

2. Is it possible to break out months after having sex? I haven't had any oral cold sores and I haven't noticed anything down below.

3. Can whitlow spread down below if contact down there is made?

4. Can genital herpes be spread through kissing?

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Herpes of the hand requires considerable running against a persons infected area. Something like being a dentist or participating in wrestling is required. An outbreak will occur within days of infection and usually involve the area around the fingernail.

What you describe does not sound like herpes.If you happen to have HSV-1 elsewhere, such as oral cold sores, then you can't practically get it on your hand.

So to your questions:

1. It must come directly from another person to your hand.

2. An outbreak should happen with in days and would be more than just a bump.

3. Generally no, very low chance, just play it safe though.

4. Only oral herpes can be spread through kissing. Herpes is location specific.

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Hi Wilson

When you say it would be more than just a bump could you expand on this please? I had a blister like bump about quarter of inch diameter on my finger after touching somebody. Looks possibly like what Lily had but she has only made the one post. I am reassured by the fact it was no more painful than an ordinary blister and also not red except when it became a slight sore. Also there had been quite a lot of friction on that finger in other ways. Any further knowledge you have on herpetic whitlow would be appreciated though. Thanks.

PS No breaks in finger skin before or during incident.

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