Surgical treatments for whitlow are painful and long term. To prevent any surgical treatment, soak a cotton pad/wool pad in iodine tincture onto which a swaddle is applied for the entire day.
This treatment lasts 2-3 days. The skin begins to peel near the infected area and it shouldn’t scare you; the pain is alleviated and the infection lessens.
In maximum one week, the infection goes away and no mark is left.