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I might possibly have herpetic whitlow in one toe. does this mean I was infected with herpes sexually?

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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
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In brief: Herpetic Whitlow

Is caused HSV 1 (oral) or HSV 2 (genital).
Yes, this can be found on the toes. It can be from either oral or genital contact.

In brief: Herpetic Whitlow

Is caused HSV 1 (oral) or HSV 2 (genital).
Yes, this can be found on the toes. It can be from either oral or genital contact.
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Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: Not necessarily.

Herpetic whitlow causes painful blisters and usually occurs in the fingertip.
About 60% of cases are due to HSV-1 (oral herpes) and 40% of cases are due to HSV-2 (the cause of genital herpes). Best wishes to you.

In brief: Not necessarily.

Herpetic whitlow causes painful blisters and usually occurs in the fingertip.
About 60% of cases are due to HSV-1 (oral herpes) and 40% of cases are due to HSV-2 (the cause of genital herpes). Best wishes to you.
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology

In brief: Your toe??????

What did you do with your toe? While possible, a whittlow of a toe is most unusual.
You can get a viral culture to see if you have herpes in the toe and which kind of herpes. A viral culture is not the same as a routine bacterial culture. It must be collected in a different tube and the lab must be instructed to look for herpes. A blood test will not determine if there is herpes in the toe.

In brief: Your toe??????

What did you do with your toe? While possible, a whittlow of a toe is most unusual.
You can get a viral culture to see if you have herpes in the toe and which kind of herpes. A viral culture is not the same as a routine bacterial culture. It must be collected in a different tube and the lab must be instructed to look for herpes. A blood test will not determine if there is herpes in the toe.
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