1. I have read that herpetic whitlow can cause numbness or increased sensitivity to the finger. Could me spraying Lysol into the cut cause the increased sensitivity, or could this be another sign that my cuts were herpetic related? I’m trying to get over this fear, but the constant increased sensation that I’m having in the finger keeps me constantly terrified that I’m going to spread it to my kids.
I don’t know what might be causing the increased sensitivity – without a swab test we cannot know what is going on with your finger. Generally speaking whitlow is far more dramatic than two cuts BUT if they show up again, I would encourage you to get them swab tested certainly before spraying anything on them. I doubt this is whitlow but I think you need to get clearer on what it is and is not
2. How do we know that herpetic whitlow can’t shed through the skin? Have case studies been done? I have researched online, but there is very little information on this topic.
Virus can be shed only through one layer thick types of tissue – it simply cannot penetrate the heavily keratinized skin of finger and thighs and buttocks and bellies. This is a biologic fact – not something that has been researched as there is no need to research this concept.
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