Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Fingertip Infection Viral Underlying Cause

Herpetic whitlow is caused by a herpes virus. The virus usually infects the skin through an opening in the skin on the fingertip. In children, the infection is caused by herpes simplex virus type 1, which causes herpes gingivostomatitis. In adults, the infection is caused by herpes simplex virus type 2, which causes genital herpes.

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Last Updated: Feb 12, 2007 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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