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What causes raised itchy bumps on fingers?

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Posted on Fri, 22 May 2015
Question: I have a rash. raised bumps on little and ring fingers. I thought it was from wedding band. Have not worn ring for last full month I have tried gold bond lotion cortisone cream and anti fungal cream none seem to help the rash is itchy some times it burns
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Answered by Dr. Mohammed Taher Ali (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Features are suggestive of Shingles (Herpes zoster)

Detailed Answer:
Dear Ma am, Hi

Thanks for posting your query on HCM.
I appreciate your concern for the painful bumps on your fingers.

Assuming that the rash and the raised bumps to be on only one side, the typical location and the associated itching and burning sensations are suggestive of Shingles or Herpes zoster.
It is caused by varicella-zoster virus.
Primary infection with this virus causes chickenpox. At this time the virus infects nerves where it remains latent for years.
It can then be reactivated to cause shingles with blisters over the distribution of the affected nerve accompanied by often intense pain and itching. Herpes zoster is more frequent with increasing age.

In view of the possibility of having shingles you are advised the following:

The affected area can be cleansed with soap and water.

Cool compresses and Calamine lotion provide relief from itching and burning.
Benadryl and pain medicines (NSAIDs) can also help ease recovery.
Avoid close skin-to-skin contact with others
Antiviral drugs such as Acyclovir or Famciclovir can reduce the severity and duration of the rash if started early (within 72 hours of the appearance of the rash).

Hope the suggestions given above could be of help in getting the treatment for the shingles.

Wishing you best of your health.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
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Follow up: Dr. Mohammed Taher Ali (1 hour later)
I was treated for shingles last month. Shingles were located on the back. This came at the same time I was treated with cyclavor then.
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Answered by Dr. Mohammed Taher Ali (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Need uploaded picture for more comments.

Detailed Answer:
Dear Ma am,
Good morning!

Can you please upload the picture of the affected fingers so that I can have a review of the opinion.

Thanks and regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
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What causes raised itchy bumps on fingers?

Brief Answer: Features are suggestive of Shingles (Herpes zoster) Detailed Answer: Dear Ma am, Hi Thanks for posting your query on HCM. I appreciate your concern for the painful bumps on your fingers. Assuming that the rash and the raised bumps to be on only one side, the typical location and the associated itching and burning sensations are suggestive of Shingles or Herpes zoster. It is caused by varicella-zoster virus. Primary infection with this virus causes chickenpox. At this time the virus infects nerves where it remains latent for years. It can then be reactivated to cause shingles with blisters over the distribution of the affected nerve accompanied by often intense pain and itching. Herpes zoster is more frequent with increasing age. In view of the possibility of having shingles you are advised the following: The affected area can be cleansed with soap and water. Cool compresses and Calamine lotion provide relief from itching and burning. Benadryl and pain medicines (NSAIDs) can also help ease recovery. Avoid close skin-to-skin contact with others Antiviral drugs such as Acyclovir or Famciclovir can reduce the severity and duration of the rash if started early (within 72 hours of the appearance of the rash). Hope the suggestions given above could be of help in getting the treatment for the shingles. Wishing you best of your health.