By Gary M. White, MD

Herpetic Whitlow Grouped vesicles on a finger.

See also herpes simplex.

Herpetic whitlow is herpes simplex infection on the fingers. Three types of patients are typically affected: 1) children with HSV-1 gingivostomatitis, 2) adults with type 2 genital herpes, and 3) health care professionals whose hands are often in patient's mouths, e.g., dentists or their assistants.


Grouped vesicles on an erythematous base are characteristic. Pain is often significant. Lymphedema of the hand may rarely occur. A lymphangitic streak up the arm may occur .


See herpes simplex.

Additional Pictures

One finger with tapioca-like vesicles and subungual pus.
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Herpetic Whitlow


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