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Hi everyone. I was recently just diagnosed with herpes whitlow on my finger and it came back positive for HVS-2. While I understand that one can get herpes anywhere, it's still quite baffling. I have struggled to discover what is going on with this finger for over a year. Until this point, where I had a full recognizable herpes outbreak in the location, the only symptoms I had were a slight itching, appearance of a bump that would later disappear while the rest of my finger would become inflamed and infected. I went to various doctors several times and they all thought it was anything and everything but herpes until now.
I've read that for many the whitlow is due to self inoculation via the genital region when there is active sore. However, I've never noticed any sores or blisters down there. Some minor itching, pimples, but nothing like what's happened to my finger--intense itching, soreness, burning, fluid filled blisters. Knowing that it's HV2 should I consider my genital region as always a zone of an outbreak/transmission? If I had an outbreak down there I clearly had no idea. How would I recognize one now? Any advice from others who experienced something similar? How should I proceed re sex with my partner? Very confused...
I was diagnosed with HSV2 in the form of whitlow on the palm of my hand over a year ago.
Since then I have had breakouts almost every single month, sometimes more. I take valcyclovir 1000mg daily and had been ob free for a couple of months. I missed one day of medication and am now struggling with a terrible outbreak.
My anxiety is through the roof- especially with the fear of viral shedding when I don’t have an ob.
When I have an ob I am EXTREMELY fatigued and can barely function. Does anyone else get run down this easily? I know it’s only supposed to happen with the first outbreak but I’m going on 15+ in the last year with terrible side effects.
Will I need to wear a bandaid for the rest of my life- even when not experiencing an ob?? I get massages regularly and am always paranoid when they massage my hand that I might spread it to them through viral shedding.
The bandaids irritate my skin- does anyone have a better solution to keep my Palm covered all the time?
I got diagnosed with HSV-2 in my throat a few weeks ago (serology IgM positive and clinical evidency). I can date the infection 7 weeks ago cos I started a new relationship and 1 week later I got a blood test, so I know for shure she infected me. She got the same test last week resulting in IgG positive, but we don't know where the virus is located. We both got negative genital smears, but I have the feeling that a smear is not very reliable without an OB.
We haven't had sex for the last 6 weeks, but last Saturday I fingered her for quite a while and our genitals got in touch for like 30 seconds. Since I know that you gan get HSV in your fingers I've got some questions I hope you can answer:
• What are de odds of getting HSV in my fingers if I have no visible wound or hangnail? Should I wear a latex glove? Im being a bit hypochondriac about this and feeling my hands irritatd.
• Is there any possible way to know if i got my hands infected?
• IgG is stronger than IgM fighting viral infections but not infallible. So it's difficult, but I can get reinfected from the same HSV strain. The thing is, when does my body start to create IgG? Two months from the primoinfection? Three?
• Once I get IgG in my body, is it reasonably safe to have sex with my partner with no fear to spread the virus to new locations?
I'm very concerned and those worries keep me awake. Thank you in advance
Some background before I explain- I have not been formally diagnosed with herpes but I do get cold sores. It's been at least 2 years since my last one and since my life is very fast paced it's always the last thing on my mind. So when I got into my current relationship I had totally forgotten that I actually get them. My current issue is that I didn't realize I was getting a cold sore because I recently changed acne treatments and disregarded the tingling sensation as a reaction. I gave my boyfriend oral sex and that night after work saw what has now become a sore. I was up till midnight looking up all the research I could and type 1 can effect genitalia. So long story short I probably gave it to him and I feel like crap to the point where I think he should breakup with me. And he thought it was curable(he grew up in a bubble) which makes me feel even worse. I know it's not the worst STD out there which is putting my mind at rest a tiny bit but I still feel like a terrible person and a walking plague sack.
Can anyone on here with herpes whitlow describe it to me? Originally my dr had told me I had dishydrotic eczema. I had a ton of small blisters when she told me. Now I only get a couple at a time on my middle finger on the side. It doesn't bother me much and I don't have finger pain but it is itchy.