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A localized infection of the nail folds. It is associated with secondary infection with Candida albicans and occurs mainly in those who habitually engage in wet work. It is characterized by pain in the affected fingers, often accompanied by infection of the lymph vessels and nodes (lymphangitis) lasting up to several weeks. It can also be caused by Herpes simplex (herpetic whitlow) and is therefore a potential hazard in clinical dentistry if protective gloves are not worn when treating a patient who is infected.

Subjects: Dentistry.

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