Friday, June 5, 2015
Herpes Virus Causes Disgusting Blister Finger Infection
Live Science reports a 23 years old man consulted his doctors for his finger that has blisters, doctors diagnosed that the cause is not bacteria but herpes virus which usually affects the genitals or causes cold sores around the mouth. Sometimes this virus can infect the fingertip, the condition is called herpetic whitlow.
Experts said that herpetic whitlow infections poses a serious risk if not treated immediately or if improperly treated since it can lead to complications such as herpetic encephalitis, which is a herpes infection that attacks brain. Expert said that bacterial and herpetic whitlow requires a different treatment.
The symptoms of a herpes virus infection usually subside on their own, but the virus hibernates within the body's nerve cells. If the person with herpes virus experience some triggers, like stress it become active again, that results to outbreaks.
Whitlow propagate in warm, moist environments. People who suspect they have whitlow should have it checked by a doctor immediately, since the infection can spread to the whole hand, and sometimes even to the tendon, which is very hard to treat and will generally require surgery of the hand.