Q. I got a rash-like bump in my ring finger after wearing a silver ring. Is that a fungal infection?

Answered by
Dr. Chaitra Prakash
and medically reviewed by Dr. Hemalatha
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 06, 2019 and last reviewed on: Sep 09, 2019

Hi doctor,

I have a rash or bumpy area on the base of my ring finger on the side where it touches my middle finger. That occur several days ago while I was wearing a silver ring on that finger. I have taken off the ring but the area is getting painful with irritation and it seems to be getting worse. I have used an antifungal cream on it for one day so far, but I am not sure how to tell if it is actually fungal or not.



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From the picture provided (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it is most likely to be a viral infection like herpes or a contact dermatitis.

These lesions are usually tiny grouped blisters and cause pain. They last for about 7-10 days and resolve spontaneously. However, they may get infected secondarily oozing pus and spreading to surrounding area.

You can apply Mupirocin cream to prevent further infection. I would also suggest you to see your dermatologist as you may require oral medications to prevent complications.

The Probable causes:

Herpes infection, contact dermatitis, and fungal infection is the rare possibility.

Investigations to be done:

Tzanck smear or pus culture can help.

Probable diagnosis:

Herpes infection.

Treatment plan:

May require oral antiviral and analgesic medications.

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