Pinky finger mystery

Reply Fri 9 May, 2014 08:00 pm
About 3 months ago I developed a little bump on the distal phalange of my left pinky finger. It was red and itchy, and seemed like a bug bite. It spread to my entire distal phalange on that finger. It was pretty swollen, red, tissue was indurated, and occasionally extremely itchy. It was only present on the anterior side (palm side) of my finger. Went to a doctor and he said it could be an infection (though its not noticeably warm) so he put me on antibiotics but they didn't help. The effected area moved down my finger (slowly) and then was on the middle phalange and then eventually the proximal phalange, staying only on the palm-side of my finger (and by 'moved' I mean migrated, not spread. like as it moved down, the top cleared up). I went to a dermatologist and also my primary doctor and they suggested contact dermatitis/eczema. They suggested it may be from playing tennis but I don't find that very probable and I've been watching any actions/what I come in contact with and I haven't found anything that could have irritated it or caused it. They gave me steroid ointment to help with the itching. It has now moved to my palm about an inch down from where the finger meets the palm. It stills has the same characteristics: red, indurated tissue, a bit swollen, itchy. Seems to be a little worse in the mornings. I don't remember getting any cuts or anything of that sort on my finger. It is localized to that location, and none of my friends/family have gotten it.
Thanks so much for your help!
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Reply Fri 9 May, 2014 08:58 pm
Do you have tape on the handle of your tennis racquet? Are you allergic to laytex? Does the tape contain laytex?

Has anyone done an xray to see if there is a foreign object/splinter/insect stinger under the skin?
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Reply Sat 10 May, 2014 08:28 am
I actually know what this is or at least I have an idea.

Go to your doctor and ask to about a nickel allergy. The placement of the rash is in the right spot. People usually get them on their feet, earlobes, or the side of the finger. I had it on my right index finger and it was awful.

It's mainly treated with diet, e. g. you stop eating canned food and any number of other foods that have nickel in them.

It might not be this specific allergy, but it does sound like an allergy of some sort. Best to have it checked by a physician.

PS My own doctor had to look it up in his medical textbooks so this might be why the specialists you've seen have missed it. I'm fine now; the diet works and I only follow it strictly when I feel the symptoms returning. I also stopped wearing earrings altogether, as that seemed to be aggravating things (of course you don't wear earrings on your hands, but the hand is one of the places where this allergy seems to manifest itself, regardless of where the exposure to the allergen really was).
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