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I started getting a really sore finger a couple days ago and then these bumps started showing that eventually turned into what you see in the pic. It's really painful. I looked around online a bit and it kind of matches the description of herpetic whitlow? What does everyone else think? I have HSV2 but didn't realise it could spread like this? The only thing I can think of is from itching or applying cream pre-OB. I've started taking my anti vitals and keeping a plaster on just in case


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Hi Pingu

It would be worth getting a swab done to put your mind at ease... could you get that done before the fluid disappears? 

The fluid looks a bit puss like (sorry to sound gross) whereas with whitlow it would perhaps be clear?

No harm in getting checked out tho

Hope it's all good!


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  • 3 years later...

I think i have the same problem, at first i put my fingure in a fridge, then applied Red Onion for 3 days which made it turn red and dry. They started going off on their own.. now the problem is that others are developing again i think ts time i see the doctor

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1 hour ago, hopeing said:

Looks like classic whitlow to me, In my case its very rare as seems the finger is not a preferred location.

No it doesn't, that's not where whitlow is likely to occur, the sensory nerves are too deep there for HSV.

It looks more like pompholyx and a good dozen other dermatitis conditions.

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