I would say the chances of getting herpetic whitlow on your finger doing what you did is far less than the odds of getting struck by lightening. the fact that the doctor told you this is not a blister and the fact that it has hung around for this long makes me believe even more strongly that this is not herpes on your finger.
I think guilt and anxiety are truly getting the best of you here. there is just nothing in your story that makes me worry about you having herpes. Zip. Zero. I promise.
I am still having pain in my index finger and occasionally feel the same pain/burning on other fingers but 99% of the time it is in the tip of my left index finger. I don't understand whats going on and why the 3 dermatologists that I have been to have not been able to fix my problem. All of them told me that there was pretty much a 0% chance that I got Herptic Whitlow but they cannot explain why my finger hurts.One of the dermatologists gave me Colbetasol which I have used 2 x day for 2 weeks. It seems to have gotten worse over about the last week and I have noticed some small red dots under the skin. Could this be caused by the Colbetasol? Also, would Herptic Whitlow cause pain/burning for 6.5 weeks without blisters?
The anxiety/depression from this is literally killing me and I am feeling helpless since none of the 3 dermatologists I have seen seem knowledgeable with Whitlow. Is there another type of doctor that I should go see?
Good. It's a long one so less anxiety is going to be far more fun than more anxiety.
Thank you for your response and setting my nerves at ease. Hopefully I can now have an anxiety free weekend.
I believe dermatology is the correct specialty for you or counseling. If you have red dots under the skin, you should ask for a PCR swab test of those dates if one of the doctors feel it is appropriate. I don't know what might be going on here.
One more question.... I just got my igg type specific results back from about 7.5 weeks from possible exposure. Both 1 and 2 were negative. Based on some of the posts I've seen from you and others it seems like this test is 70% accurate at the 7 week mark. Is that correct? I am still going to do additional test but I am just trying to set my mind at ease. That's again for you expertise and you other online contributions on this subject.
Yes, that is correct.