Herpetic Whitlow Evaluation
The evaluation of herpetic whitlow includes a history and physical exam.
Physical findings in someone with herpetic whitlow include:
- Blisters on the fingertip
- Swelling of the fingertip
- Swollen glands in the armpit
- Severe tenderness of the fingertip
- Ulcers on the fingertip
Usually, tests are not required to make the diagnosis of herpetic whitlow.
Tests that may be used to evaluate herpetic whitlow include:
- Viral culture of the sores using a cotton swab
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