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Milker's Nodules Treatment & Management

  • Author: Justin J Finch, MD, FAAD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
Updated: Mar 25, 2016

Medical Care

Most milker's nodules resolve by 5-7 weeks without treatment. Some reports of the related orf virus infection advocate prophylactic antibiotics to prevent local superinfection. Antiviral medications are not effective.[4] Direct local care for milker's nodules at avoiding secondary infection.


Surgical Care

Milker's nodule is typically small, and the natural history is self-limited with spontaneous healing; however, superficial shave excision or curettage in conjunction with cautery of the base will remove lesions. The rationale for this technique, reported in the literature by some authors, is to decrease the amount of virion, which may promote more rapid healing and perhaps prevent lymphadenitis and progression of the lesion to a larger size.[14]

Contributor Information and Disclosures

Justin J Finch, MD, FAAD Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Photography, Director of the Center for Cutaneous Laser Surgery, Department of Dermatology, University of Connecticut Health Center

Justin J Finch, MD, FAAD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, American Medical Association, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Society for Pediatric Dermatology, New England Dermatological Society, Connecticut Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Midwest Arts in Healthcare Network, Arts & Health Alliance

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Steven Brett Sloan, MD Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Connecticut School of Medicine; Residency Site Director, Connecticut Veterans Affairs Healthcare System; Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale University School of Medicine

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Specialty Editor Board

Michael J Wells, MD, FAAD Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L Foster School of Medicine

Michael J Wells, MD, FAAD is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha, American Academy of Dermatology, American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association

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Paul Krusinski, MD Director of Dermatology, Fletcher Allen Health Care; Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Vermont College of Medicine

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Chief Editor

William D James, MD Paul R Gross Professor of Dermatology, Vice-Chairman, Residency Program Director, Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

William D James, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, Society for Investigative Dermatology

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Additional Contributors

Franklin Flowers, MD Department of Dermatology, Professor Emeritus Affiliate Associate Professor of Pathology, University of Florida College of Medicine

Franklin Flowers, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American College of Mohs Surgery

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The authors and editors of Medscape Reference gratefully acknowledge the contributions of previous authors, Gary W. Cole, MD, and Lily L. Tinkle, MD, PhD, to the development and writing of this article.

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