Herpes on Finger
The Herpes Simplex Virus consists of two types: Type 1 or HSV-1 and Type 2 or HSV-2. An individual can be infected with one or both the viruses. HSV-1 generally causes infection in the mouth, the lips, the face and the fingers or any other part of the body; whereas HSV 2 causes infection of the genital area. However, both the types can cause infection on either of the sites.
The finger is one of the common places for getting the Herpes infection. It is so common that it has a specific term, known as herpetic whitlow. When compared to infections on the lips and mouth, the vesicles in this case are not so fragile. Hence, the ulceration does not take place so quickly. Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can spread from one part of a person’s body to another part. For instance, if the person has a cut on the finger and if he touches an open sore in the genital area, the herpes sore will appear on the finger. A person can be infected in any part of the body where the virus enters the skin, either through a thin skin or through a cut. Most of the time, the herpes infection enters through the genitals, the mouth and the mucous membranes. However, herpes whitlow enters the body through the finger.
Wrestlers are more prone to this kind of Herpes infection on the finger. This is also known as herpes gladiatorum. It is important that the person does not touch the eyes, the mouth or other parts of the body after touching the sores on the finger. Touching the genitals might lead to genital herpes, which can be very serious. At the most, the herpes on the finger is just a cold sore on the finger. It merely means that you have a few blisters on the finger, which will vanish after a few days. Some people might also feel a little feverish. This is especially so in the primary infection or when you just catch it. The symptoms will become milder in subsequent outbreaks.
Even if there is just a tingling feeling in the fingers, it shows that an outbreak could be recurring. There is nothing to worry about, but the individual must not touch the eyes and certainly not the genitals, as the virus can get transferred very easily. There is also a chance of passing the virus on even if there are no symptoms or sores that are visible on the infected person.