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A 53-year-old female asked:

can i get whitlow finger on my finger from touching a cold sore on my face by accident. i have hsv-1 and hsv-2 antibodies. thanks?

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
No: There is a herpetic whitlow. But when you already have the virus your immunity contains it so it will not disseminate to other areas.

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A 19-year-old female asked:

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A few days ago my throat felt "raw" like a scratchy feeling now my nose is stuffy yellow discharge, and my left glands hurt so bad!?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Infection: You have a respiratory/throat infection. Could be viral and could be bacterial best to see a doctor. Other options to help with symptoms include taing elderberry, gargling with salt water or half and half peroxide and mouthwash (do not drink- just gargle) and a warm cloth around neck to hep with lymph glands. Important to rule out strep throat as that will improve with antibiotics.

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