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Anyone suffer with Herpetic whitlows?

(5 Posts)
TheJourney22 Mon 03-Nov-14 20:50:19

Anyone else suffer with these?

I have had them for 8 years, never knew what it was until last year I saw a Harley Street dermatologist who diagnosed whitlows which I'm cringing at as basically it's herpes on my fingers!?!? WTF?!

So I have bare it out .. they are agony, only flare up when stressed, run down etc but they are so bad I'm actually on preventative treatment now (orally)

Feel a bit of a freak?!! Never had a cold sore in my life, yet low & behold my fingers are covered in horrific weeping blisters ... Attractiveness at its highest confused

Just would like to know if anyone else suffers or experiences?

RunningOutOfIdeas Mon 03-Nov-14 21:21:46

Yes I have them a couple of times recently. Like you I have never had a cold sore but for the past year I have been battling herpetic keratitis (essentially a cold sore on my eye).

The cold sore virus is the most common one for causing whitlows, but it can be any of the 8 HSV viruses. It doesn't really matter which it is because the treatment is the same. Approx 75% of the population carry HSV. It is just bad luck that it flares up in us.

I think stress is definitely a trigger for me also. This past year I have had to deal with health issues with both DCs, lack of sleep due to toddler, moved house, managing a very difficult person at work and DH being stressed and bloody hard to live with.

I am now taking acyclovir tablets and GP is really trying to help sort out toddler's health (at least the part that was affecting sleep). So I am hoping things will get better.

TheJourney22 Mon 03-Nov-14 21:34:39

Blimey! Yes I am on the same tablets.

I find it so bizarre of all places to have the blisters on eye / fingers. Evil things & it's a virus so have it forever sad

He took one look at my finger under a microscope & went "yep, that's it, you're going to have to live with it" ��

Just interesting to know that others have the virus .. Could be worse "ahem" if you know what I mean shock

Never had a flare up in my pregnancy & now a year after DS was born, full blown attack.

Glad to hear you are getting some sleep. I'm quite lucky DS (11.5mths) sleeps well.

TheJourney22 Mon 03-Nov-14 21:44:02

Christ! Just googled what you have ... You poor thing sad my fingers don't seem so bad now!

Do you take the pills as preventative or when you have a flare up? I am doing both

RunningOutOfIdeas Mon 03-Nov-14 23:00:22

At least my eye doesn't usually hurt. The blisters on my finger were way more painful. I am taking the tablets to try to prevent any more flare ups. The eye cream has to be done 5 times a day which is a real faff. I could not keep going with it indefinitely so I prefer to have the tablets.

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