And your finger may or may not be whitlow. Normally, whitlow is significantly bigger in my experience, but I could not completely rule it out in this case. What did urgent care think?
We are currently doing a study where we can collect samples from people who live in those difficult states (as well as others). If you write to firstname.lastname@example.org, we would be happy to include you when the study is up and running.
The lesion that the clinician described as suspicious also concerns me just a little – ulcerated and scabbed. But it definitely could be something else too.
I think you should try to get a western blot to put your mind at rest. I think the odds are very strongly against you having herpes but because the test misses 1-2 out of 10 HSV 1 cases, sometimes a back up test just helps to clarify the picture.
Let me know what urgent care thought.