is a lesion on a finger or thumb caused by the herpes simplex virus. It is a painful infection that typically affects the fingers or thumbs.
Herpetic whitlow can be caused by infection by HSV-1 or HSV-2. HSV-1 whitlow is often contracted by health care workers that come in contact with the virus; it is most commonly contracted by dental workers and medical workers exposed to oral secretions. It is also often observed in thumb-sucking children with HSV-1 oral infection, and in adults aged 20 to 30 following contact with HSV-2-infected genitals.
Treatment ― OTC Drugs
Acyclovir cream can be used to treat herpes. Take acetaminophen as a pain reliever.
More information ― English
A herpetic whitlow is a lesion (whitlow) on a finger or thumb caused by the herpes simplex virus. It is a painful infection that typically affects the fingers or thumbs. Occasionally infection occurs on the toes or on the nail cuticle.
Herpetic whitlow ― Herpes simplex infection in fingers is more common in young children than in adults.
The photo shows a swollen Herpetic whitlow.
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