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Is worsening of the herpetic whitlow lesion in the hand with blisters oozing pus or bleed require attention?

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Dr. Kakkar S.


Practicing since :2002

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Posted on Wed, 22 Aug 2018 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: I went to hospital three days ago and was diagnosed with herpectic whitlow but the sores are getting worse. I have open dime sized blisters on the palm of my left hand that bleed and are pussy. Should I go back to hospital?
Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 25 minutes later
Brief Answer:
I suggest Oral and topical antibiotic

Detailed Answer:
Hello. Thank you.
I am Dr kakkar (Dermatologist and Venereologist). I have noted your concern and I have viewed the image.

You seem to have developed secondary bacterial infection. I suggest you to apply a topical antibiotic e.g either Neosporin ointment or Mupirocin 2 %ointment, twice daily.
In addition to this you may take an oral antibiotic e.g either Amoxicillin 500mg or Cephalexin 500mg, thrice daily, for a week.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. 2 minutes later
So should I go back to hospital for the antibiotics
Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 0 minute later
Brief Answer:
Oral and topical antibiotics

Detailed Answer:


Take care,
Dr. Kakkar S.
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