Definition of whitlow in English:
An abscess in the soft tissue near a fingernail or toenail.
- Herpetic whitlow is an HSV infection of the fingers and toes and may represent a primary infection or a secondary recurrence of type 1 or 2 HSV infection.
- Another causes whitlows on fingers, feet, knees and shoulders.
- I should have remembered, as a dental colleague has just reminded me, what a problem herpetic whitlows used to be in our dental undergraduates before they were made to wear gloves.
Definition of whitlow in:
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