What is herpes whitlow?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Folusakin O Ayoade, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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HSV infection of the finger, termed herpetic whitlow, can occur following inoculation of the virus from primary orofacial or genital infections. Inoculation may occur from self or from other infected persons. Healthcare workers, including dentists, are at risk for herpetic whitlow owing to oral examinations and other oral care provided with ungloved hands.


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