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A herpetic whitlow is a lesion (Whitlow) on a finger or thumb caused by the herpes simplex virus. It is a painful infection that typically affects the fingers or thumbs. Occasionally infection occurs on the toes or on the nail cuticle.
According to Wikipedia
Herpes whitlow can be caused by infection by HSV-1 or HSV-2. HSV-1 whitlow is often contracted by health care workers that come in contact with the virus; it is most commonly contracted by dental workers and medical workers exposed to oral secretions.
It is also often observed in thumb-sucking children with primary HSV-1 oral infection (autoinoculation) prior to seroconversion and in adults aged 20 to 30 following contact with HSV-2-infected genitals.
When the herpes simplex virus infection appears on the finger in the form of a whitlow, the symptoms are similar to herpes on other parts of the body:
- Timing: The first symptoms usually appear 2-20 days after the person is exposed to the herpes simplex virus.
- Sensation: The infected area will burn or tingle, and the person may begin to experience pain before any noticeable lesion shows up.
- Infection: The finger will then begin to swell and redden as the infection develops. Blisters will appear and begin to fill with liquid or pus. There may be just one blister, or a group of them may develop. They are typically small and very painful to the touch.
- Rupture: These blisters will then burst and scab over in the weeks to come. Once the scabs heal, the infection returns to its dormant state.
Other symptoms may appear at any time during the infection, including:
How to cure Whitlow Using Lime Orange.
In the case of Whitlow, grind some white beans and mix palm oil, rub at the affected finger. Then later, cut lime orange into 2 and put one of the lime into the finger like a ring. It will enable the pulse to gather and later on press it out and be free from Whitlow.
How to cure Whitlow Using Epsom salt.
Put Epsom salt on a ball of cotton wool, add little water on the salt to make a paste on the cotton wool and wrap the Whitlow finger with the cotton wool. Put new one daily and within a few days the Whitlow will dry up.
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