Herpetic whitlow is a viral infection of the hand caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) or herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2). It causes swelling, redness, and tenderness of the skin that may be associated with blisters. An outbreak typically lasts between 2 and 3 weeks. Prompt treatment with antiviral medication such as valacyclovir (Valtrex), acyclovir (Zovirax), or famciclovir (Famvir), may reduce the length and severity of an infection. It is important to keep the infected area covered. Contact with the lesion may result in new sores or passing the virus on to others.
Related Journals of Herpetic Whitlow
Medical case reports, Health Systems and Policy Research, Journal of Preventive Medicine, Insights in Medical Physics, Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology, Journal of Applied Cosmetology, Dermatologia Revista Mexicana.