Do you get finger sores?

Hello. My son who is 7 years old complained about having a sore finger. The next day he had small white blisters under the skin and as the day went on they started to turn red. I had the school nurse take a look at it and she said it was a blood blister… well being a mother you know what a blood blister looks like so I had his doctor look at it who also said it was a blood blister. Still not satisfied, I took him to the ER and was told it was staph infection. ????? I still couldn’t rest until I knew exactly what was wrong with my son so finally a dermatologist took one glance at it and told me that it was definitely Herpetic Whitlow. He took a sample to confirm his diagnosis. At least now we know that it was more serious than a blood blister and we were able to take care of it with the right medication.

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5 thoughts on “Do you get finger sores?

  1. It can unfortunately be spread quite quickly through day care centers or anywhere that groups of children are in close proximity. Two little sisters at our daycare suffered horrible cold sores throughout December (ages 4 and 6) and while I felt so bad for them (and their mother!) I was so thankful when they cleared up and seemed to have not spread (either as HSV1 or herpes whitlow) to any other children.

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  3. I also wanted to add that I don’t think it’s common for kids to pick up herpes from a day care center. Really, I think kids pick up herpes from aunts and uncles that have oral herpes (cold sores) that kiss the kids when they are having an outbreak. That’s really the most common way kids will contract it. Herpes Whitlow in a day care situation is not really the most likely scenario.

  4. Herpetic whitlow is actually very common in children because they always have their hands in their mouths. It occurs on the thumb most in children. It is also very common in those of us who work in the food service industry and even more common in healthcare and dental care fields. Anywhere there is a high occurrence of contact with saliva.

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