The Real Causes Of Whitlow .

Whitlow is a purulent infection at the end of a finger or toe in the area surrounding the nail.

Both Adults and Children suffer from Whitlow.

 Whitlow is  painful and transmittable. It is a wound which mostly affects the soft tissues near the fingernails or toenails. It is caused by infections with the herpes simplex virus.


  • Redness around the finger 
  • Burning sensation on finger 
  • Tingling of fingers 
  • Painful swells
  • Itches
  •  Avoid direct contact with infected persons as Whitlow is highly contagious 
  • Avoid popping blisters 
  • Avoid removing hangnail from fingers. 


Antiviral medications are often used to treat herpetic whitlow. These antivirals are effective in reducing the duration of symptoms in the primary infection as well as in recurrent infections.
It is crucial to begin antiviral treatment within the first 48 hours of infection. 
Antiviral treatment is used to help reduce the healing time and time spent in pain. Antiviral treatment may also reduce the risk for the virus to spread to other parts of the body.
However, if the person does not take antiviral medications, the whitlow will heal itself over a few weeks without any drugs.