Q: Good day ma’am. I have this wound on my toe they call it (wick lo) so I went to a pharmacy and was given Ampicillin and Flagyl but when I used it, I started seeing blood coming out whereby I have stopped my menses. I am also a breastfeeding mother so please ma’am, what drug can I use for it? Thank you ma’am
A: Whitlow usually refers to Herpetic whitlow caused by Herpes Simplex Virus. It usually affects the tip of the index finger or thumb. Occasionally, this happens on the toes. It happens when the finger skin, especially the cuticle, is broken and invaded by virus causing infection of the soft tissue around the nail. This can happen through skin to skin contact or when infected fluid touches the breach/cut in the finger skin. In children, this can happen when a child with cold sore (what we usually term fever blister), sucks on a finger with a cut on the thumb or also through contact with someone who has genital Herpes.
The virus may remain inactive in the skin for up to 3 weeks before symptoms manifest. This condition is intensely painful and patients would complain of swelling and blisters in the affected area, tenderness over the area and, of course, pain. As is usual with viral infections, whitlow is self-limiting. This means that the infection will run its course and disappear. They usually clear up within 3 to 4 weeks without treatment. However, your doctor may prescribe an anti-viral agent to prevent recurrence of the infection.
If you already have a whitlow, prevent its spread by covering it up with a plaster (it could spread to another finger, you know :D), wearing glasses to prevent passing on the virus to your eyes, ensuring that your baby does not suck his ‘whitlow finger’ (Eeew! :D) and washing your hands often.
I’m a bit confused about the rest of your complaint. You’re breastfeeding? But you have stopped seeing your period…as in menopausal? Or you have not seen your period since you had your baby? And perhaps you believe that if you are breastfeeding, you cannot menstruate? Well, if the latter is your assumption, you’re not exactly correct. Breastfeeding your baby does not necessarily stop menstruation and while on it, it may also not stop another pregnancy. If you’re exclusively breastfeeding, feeding your baby on demand (every 4 hours), you’re within 6 months of your baby’s birth and your menstrual period has not returned after the birth of your baby, you stand a better chance of not getting pregnant during this period. However, this is not a reliable method.
So, I suggest you go see your doctor to find out the cause of bleeding. It may, very well, be your period! Or something else. Better safe than sorry J
I hope this helps.
Have a good night, y’all 😀