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A 53-year-old female asked:

Hi dr. if a person has has had hsv-1 for 1 year and hsv-2 for 13 years can they get whitliw finger. i had dr up another account but could not sign?

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
No: When you already have the virus you will not get it in a new place. Either you have a herpetic whitlow ; do not carry a prior infection with the same virus, or you have a bacterial whitlow. So one of the diagnoses needs to be revised.

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