Herpetic whitlow is a viral infection where small blisters form on the fingers and the fleshy area around the fingertips. These sores or blisters are often painful and develop after direct contact with an infected sore. But you can treat it at home by a combination of the following:
taking a pain reliever — such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen — to reduce pain and fever
applying a cold compress several times a day to reduce swelling
cleaning the infected area daily and covering it with gauze
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