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how long does it take for herpes whitlow symptoms to show up?

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Herpetic whitlow : Usually a few days to a week after exposure will a herpes infection manifest. If exposure to infected genital tract secretions or oral secretions took place through a break in the skin of a finger, the disease of herpetic whitlow can develop. Hopefully that isn't what happened with u-- but there is treatment if this develops. Take care.
Dr. Glynis Ablon
Dermatology 29 years experience
we usually see in athletes. see doctor for treatment
Jul 18, 2014

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