Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Herpetic Whitlow Evaluation

The evaluation of herpetic whitlow includes a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with herpetic whitlow include:

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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Last Updated: Aug 2, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Herpetic Whitlow References
  1. Clark DC. Common acute hand infections. Am Fam Physician. 2003 Dec 1;68(11):2167-76. [14677662]
  2. Ney AC, English JC 3rd, Greer KE. Coexistent infections on a child's distal phalanx: blistering dactylitis and herpetic whitlow. Cutis. 2002 Jan;69(1):46-8. [11829178]
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