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I have herpes whitlow on my right hand. I take antivirals but sometimes occasionally get an outbreak on my middle finger. I have a long time ago got outbreaks on my palm but since taking antivirals daily this doesn't really happen anymore but I still feel occasional itching n tingles but don't get sores. I worry about passing this onto my baby due in September. am I supposed to wear a glove for the rest of my life? Anybody else experienced this worry? 

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This does not sound like a herpes outbreak. Herpes from the hand will generally not shed, almost certainly not if it is HSV-2. HSV-2 does not generally appear on the palms, the skin is too thick for this to occur. How did you diagnosis on the hand come about? Have you had a blood test recently?

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I also have herpes whitlow and I'm due to have my baby in January. From all tho info I've gathered you are generally safe from passing it onto your child if you are not having an ob. If you do have one cover it with a bandaid. I would probably wear a glove during diaper changes and bathing. 

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The general suggestion for people with herpetic whitlow that have concerns about active OBs or prodome symptoms and babies is to wear nitrile glove over the affected hand.

The skin of the hand is thick, so without an active outbreak you will not asymptomatically shed. Asymptomatic shedding only occurs from thin/mucousal skin such as the lips, inside of the nose, genital area, and anus.

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On 9/30/2017 at 3:52 PM, Sadpanda90 said:

I also have herpes whitlow and I'm due to have my baby in January. From all tho info I've gathered you are generally safe from passing it onto your child if you are not having an ob. If you do have one cover it with a bandaid. I would probably wear a glove during diaper changes and bathing. 

I was wondering if you had an update?

thanks.

On 9/30/2017 at 3:52 PM, Sadpanda90 said:

I also have herpes whitlow and I'm due to have my baby in January. From all tho info I've gathered you are generally safe from passing it onto your child if you are not having an ob. If you do have one cover it with a bandaid. I would probably wear a glove during diaper changes and bathing. 

I was wondering if you had an update.

thanks.

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