Skin lesion on the fingers or thumb caused by the herpes simplex virus, HSV-1 or -2.
Method of infection:
- often contracted by health care workers who come in contact with the virus
- most commonly contracted by dental workers and medical workers exposed to contaminated oral or genital secretions.
- also often observed in thumb-sucking children with primary HSV-1 oral infection.
- tenderness of the skin of infected finger.
- This may be accompanied by fever and swollen lymph nodes.
Small, clear vesicles initially form individually, then merge and become cloudy.
Treatment and Management:
Lesions usually heals in two to three weeks, however, antiviral ointment may be applied topically to speed healing time.