I was recently diagnosed with HSV 2 from an STD clinic and was prescribed a permanent valtrex script. The blood test confirmed only HSV 2, negative for all other STD's and HIV and HSV 1. I'm not quite sure where my initial outbreak was because I had sores on my genitals and a whitlow high up on my finger near my knuckles. The genital sores have come and gone a few times and heal quite quickly with the valtrex.
My doctor was a huge help, but I did it alone and scared and probably forgot most of what she said to me.
I just have a few questions/concerns I'm hoping someone can help me with.
1) I always have a red spot on my finger where the whitlow was. At times, it becomes more red than normal and sometimes there are multiple red spots and sometimes they are more of a brown or appear to be under a layer of some whiter looking skin. What are those and should I worry? I normally just cover it with a band aid so I don't have to look at. Mentally, it makes me feel better seeing how all this is new to me, y'know? Is covering it a bad thing?
****The ER doctor diagnosed it as a whitlow, the STD doctor asked me if it was a spider bite.****
2) I've read on some forums for people with herpes that it's not much of a worry when someone had a whitlow on their hand since the hand skin is so thick shedding isn't normally an issue at all unless there's an obvious lesion. is that true or is it a lie?
3)With all this being said, do I really need to take valtrex daily? I have been just because it makes me feel better mentally about the whole thing.
Please help if you can and thank you for your time! These forums are so helpful and it really means a lot to people who are scared and don't know where to turn.