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Herpes Secrets Weekly Digest    A Fast and Comprehensive  Guide to Herpes on Finger     How to get rid of herpes on finger    by ​LouisCarlo Lim​ on August 29  Herpes on finger or herpetic whitlow whitlow finger is an abscess of the finger’s end caused  by HSV or the “cold sore virus.” The infection typically affects the fingertip’s fleshy area.

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Symptoms of Herpes on Finger  The fingertip rapidly becomes swollen red and very painful. Small tiny blisters develop beneath  the finger’s skin which could break to discharge fluid ultimately crusting over.  Cause of Herpes on Finger  Herpes simplex virus has two types: HSV types 1 and 2. Both types can result in a herpetic  whitlow also known as ​herpes on finger​. These types of virus can cause genital herpes and  cold sores as well.  A herpetic whitlow can form as a secondary infection given that you already have genital  herpes or a cold sore and then touch the sore skin area speeding the virus from the genitals or  mouth to your finger.   Also it can develop if you come into contact with the blister or sore of another infected  individual. Additionally you are at greater risk of getting herpetic whitlow if you have a weak  immune system.  Treatment of Herpes on Finger  A herpetic whitlow could be treated using an antiviral medication like aciclovir. Your doctor  may prescribe a 5 or 7-day course of 200 mg aciclovir to be taken five times daily or 400 mg  taken three times daily.  However this is merely worth taking if you commence the treatment within forty-eight hours of  symptoms beginning to appear.   Utilising an antiviral medication after this primary period will unlikely to have an effect.  Antiviral drugs could aid to heal ​herpetic whitlow​. However they don’t eliminate HSV or inhibit  future HSV outbreaks.   A herpetic whitlow will heal no antiviral treatment within 2 to 3 weeks. Antiviral treatment  could:  • Diminish the time taken to heal abscess  • Diminish the risk of a bacterial infection  • Diminish the risk of the HSV spreading to other body parts

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Management of Herpes on Finger    You must cover the infection with light dressing so that it does not spread any further. Do not  wear contact lenses until the whitlow has healed to prevent the virus from spreading to your  eyes.   You can purchase an OTC painkiller like ibuprofen or paracetamol for pain relief. Never try to  drain the fluid because this could cause HSV to spread or result in a bacterial infection.  Recurrence  The herpes virus stays inactive dormant within nerve cells and could reactivate later in life at  times following an illness or stress. This can give rise to another herpetic whitlow at the same  area as the initial one.   If a herpetic whitlow does reappear it can be managed and treated in the same manner with  antiviral medication.  If the whitlow reappears frequently the antiviral medication can be provided for extended  periods years usually to diminish the number of recurrences. This suppressive antiviral  medication will also cut both the whitlow’s severity and the period it takes to heal.

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