Herpetic whitlow (whitlow finger)
A herpetic whitlow, or whitlow finger, is an abscess of the end of the finger caused by infection with the herpes simplex virus (the "cold sore virus").
It usually affects the fleshy area of the fingertip. What are the symptoms? The fingertip suddenly becomes red, swollen and extremely painful.
Small white blisters develop underneath the skin of the finger, which may break to release fluid, eventually crusting over. What's the