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Whitlow otherwise known as the Herpetic whitlow, is a medical condition that is usually characterized by a severe painful infection of the hand which usually involves one or more fingers that is most often affects the terminal phalanx.


Diagnosis is made through Tzanck test, anti body testing and DNA hybridization.


Treatment for Whitlow includes administration of acyclovir, and antibiotics.

Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms includes swelling and pain of the fngertips, fever, tender and swollen lymph nodes, fingertips abscess and swollen armpit lymph nodes.


It is said to be caused by exposure to herpes simplex virus.

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