October 12, 2018 at 3:07 am #27354
I contracted GHSV1 a month ago and I’m worried that I might have transmitted it to my thumb.
I dislocated and fractured my thumb 5 weeks so it has been in a splint for 5 weeks and naturally water will get in and make it damp. Last week it developed a hard yellow skin (most likely a callous) because I have to keep flexing the thumb in order to get my movement back so this meant it kept rubbing against the splint to form a callous.
A few days pass and the skin breaks open (mind you its still very damp at this point as the water is trapped) and theres no blister. Another few days pass and my skin begins to break off and apparently blisters formed and burst. During the whole time this happened it never hurt and still doesnt hurt.
There was a yellow colour coming from my thumb and yesterday I saw my hand therapist who said it looks like theres no infection but she doesnt know I have GSHV 1. She thinks this can happen with splint that have been on a for a while and get damp.
Another point is that my thumb has been wrapped the whole time from the bottom but not the top and its also covered completely when i shower. I am extremely worried that I might have transmitted it so please let me know what you think. I have attached images of my thumb as it is. Please note that my thumb is still fractured and recovering from dislocation which will take up to another 6 weeks.
Also I might have touched my genital once by accident when I was sleeping but my thumb was covered and it was very quick.
October 12, 2018 at 3:15 am #27355
October 12, 2018 at 12:06 pm #27368Terri WarrenKeymaster
I’m so sorry that we cannot view photos on this website – too much like practicing medicine over the internet which I cannot do. A wild guess is that your symptoms are due to the water and splinting rather than HSV but the best thing to do is to have a clinician look at it and swab test it if they think there is a chance it could be herpes. Normally, herpes whitlow hurts and the blisters are pretty remarkable.
October 12, 2018 at 1:07 pm #27375
Thanks for your response.
What do you mean by pretty remarkable? I spoke to my hqnd therapist again today and she thinks its not whitlow. Its just skin breaking down apparently but I would REALLY appreciate it if you could take a look at pictures. It will really settle my nerves.
Once again, thank you for your service 🙂
October 14, 2018 at 11:25 am #27383Terri WarrenKeymaster
By remarkable I mean blistering and oozing and redness and great tenderness.
OK, you pushed me, I looked at the photo, does NOT look like whitlow to me
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