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Herpetic whitlow is a finger infection. It's usually caused by the herpes virus that causes cold sores. It can spread to a finger from a cold sore in or around your child's mouth.
An area of your child's finger may be red. It may have a small group of blisters. Your child's finger also may hurt, itch, or tingle.
The finger should get better on its own. This may take a few weeks. But whitlow may come back to the same area of the finger.
The doctor may prescribe medicines to help fight the herpes virus. You may be asked to cover your child's finger with a bandage. This can help avoid spreading the infection.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: June 9, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo MD - Internal Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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