Herpetic whitlow in a child with onychophagia: a rare form of cutaneous infection


CUKUROVA MEDICAL JOURNAL, vol.43, pp.308-311, 2018 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.17826/cumj.413816
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.308-311


Herpetic whitlow is a kind of finger infection caused by herpes simplex viruses. Herpetic ileus is a skin infection characterized by painful, nonpurulent, and erythematous lesions usually affecting the distal phalanx and rarely seen on the toes. It is especially common in children with finger-sucking and nail-biting habits. Often misdiagnosed as a bacterial infection, the disease sometimes receives inappropriate treatment. Physicians should be familiar with the subject for appropriate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. In addition, pediatricians, anesthesiologists, emergency physicians and dentists contact daily oral secretions of patients infected with the herpes simplex virus. For this reason, herpetic whitlow should be kept in mind as a professional risk for health workers. A 4-year-old girl with a history of Herpetic whitlow is presented in this article.