Alright, So i originally had a total of 3 bumps on my finger. 2 of them were them same size and right next to each other. They were not painful or itchy in anyway. The third bump was in the same area. It was barely visible and it didn't really concern me. I saw my doctor, and a week later, a dermatologist. They both said they didn't have any idea what the bumps were. They said to put hydrocortizone on it and if it didn't get better, to come back in 4 weeks. So the cortizone was really helping the 2 bumps but i didn't notice a change in the hardly visible, 3rd bump. So in the past couple days, the 3rd bump has gotten a lot bigger and it is painful, unlike the original 2 bumps. But it only hurts when i bend my finger or apply pressure to the bump. My finger is also a tiny bit swollen. In the picture attached, The bump in the red circle is the new one, and the bumps in the black circle, are the old ones that are going away. someone please help! please!
Such kind of bumps can be myxoid cyst, ganglion cysts( although site is uncommon) or rheumatoid nodules. Myxoid cyst is a growth usually occurring on the finger. These cysts are believed to form from deteriorated tissues. Last possibility is of herpetic whitlow. It is a painful viral infection occurring on the fingers or around the fingernails. Herpetic whitlow is caused by infection with the herpes simplex virus (HSV).
I would suggest you to get an examination done from a dermatologist.
It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.
thanks doc! They all sound so scary! I have seen 2 doctors and 1 dermatologist. The first doctor (my reg doctor) i went to was about the first 2 bumps and said she didn't know what it was and to come back in a couple weeks if it got worse.
So i went to the derm. a week later, also about the 2 bumps. She also said she didn't know what it was. She said it probably was not whitlow though.I made sure i specifically asked about that because that was my main concern!
So, 2 weeks later, the 3rd bump popped up and i went to a different doctor and she said it was probably some kind of staph infection since it looked like it had some puss in it. She said it probably open up and to soak my finger in vinegar,peroxide and water. That seemed to help, i put a band-aid on it and when i took it off in the AM, there was a little yellowish green puss on the band-aid. She also put me on an antibiotic called Bactrim (think thats what its called) and my finger doesn't hurt anymore and seems to be going away slowly but surely.
So i guess we will see how that goes. Although, Staph diagnosis doesn't seems right, but who knows.I asked her like 10 times if it was herpes, she said shes seen enough cases to know that mine was not herpes whitlow.
I'm still concerned. Does herpes whitlow hurt the whole time you have it? and how long does an outbreak take to go away? I guess i will wait and see just glad the pain and swelling has gone down! ill keep you updated! thanks again for all the advice! ill keep all that in mind for my next dr. visit if this doesnt go away!
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