Herpes on Palms Pictures - 9 Photos & Images

Herpes on hands is caused by the herpes simplex virus. It may also be called herpetic whitlow or simply whitlow. It is characterized by painful lesions that may be found on the hands, thumbs and the fingers and may also occasionally affect the foot, toes and on the cuticle of the toe nails. This kind of infection is caused by HSV-1 or HSV-2.

Herpes on hands are common in health workers especially dentists who touch infected lesions on patients’ mouth; direct skin contact to oral secretions is the most popular way of contacting the disease. Babies and young children may also get herpes on hands with primary oral herpes infection as young children tend to suck their fingers.

The classic flu-like symptoms often precede the appearance of lesions. There is slight fever especially in very young children, colds and also swollen lymph nodes. Lesions appear on the tip of the fingers and may even be seen in small clumps near the fingernails, in between two fingers and may also spread on the palms of the hands. Unlike lesions that may be present in herpes on legs and the torso, herpes on hands are small but may merge with other nearby lesions to form larger ones. Initially, small lesions have clear liquid but as they merge with other lesions the liquid inside vesicles become cloudy.

There is pain on the area where lesions are located and pain may last until the lesions heal. Typically herpes on hands lesions heal in a matter of two to three weeks even without medical attention. Flu-like symptoms subside as lesions appear. When lesions burst and open the liquid coming from the lesion can infect nearby skin.

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