Cold Sores

Amanda Quejado

Causative Agent

The causative agent of Cold Sores is the Herpes Simplex Virus. There are around 8 different infectious types of this virus cold sores being caused generally by Herpes Simplex Virus 1.



Understanding Cold Sores Basics. (n.d.). Retrieved May 10, 2016, from http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/understanding-cold-sores-basics

Reservoir

The primary reservoir for HSV are human beings. Once infected with this virus it stays with you. It generally lays dormant until triggered by stress, weakened immune system, etc. Many individuals are unaware that they are infected because of the asymptomatic period.


Herpes Simplex. (n.d.). Retrieved May 10, 2016, from http://www.austincc.edu/microbio/2993q/hsv.htm http://patient.info/health/cold-sores-leaflet

Mode Of Transmission + Possible Prevention

Cold Sores are transmitted by 

-Swapping saliva

ex: kissing, sharing of eating utensils, toothbrushes, etc.

-Sharing of towels

-Sharing of razors

Best way to prevent: 

Be extremely careful when you are infected make sure not to do any of the above. 

Understanding Cold Sores Basics. (n.d.). Retrieved May 10, 2016, from http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/understanding-cold-sores-basics

Signs + Symptoms

-Fluid filled blisters or red painful, burning sores. Typically around the mouth

-Oozing and crusting of sores

-Itching and burning sensation on area

-Tingle sensation

For first time outbreaks symptoms can be more severe

-Swollen lymph nodes

-fever

-sore throat

-headaches

-muscle aches

-painful, eroded gums

Understanding Cold Sores Symptoms. (n.d.). Retrieved May 10, 2016, from http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/understanding-cold-sores-symptoms

Diagnosis

Tests usually aren't needed to confirm diagnosis of cold sores, the symptoms alone (discussed before) are usually enough to make the diagnosis.


Herpes Simplex. (n.d.). Retrieved May 10, 2016, from http://www.austincc.edu/microbio/2993q/hsv.htm http://patient.info/health/cold-sores-leaflet

Treatment

Very important to not touch, or pick at sore!

At home remedies include: Orajel, Campho-phenique, vitamin c, abreva, lysine both pills and cream.

*If cold sores are very severe and or very frequent then you should visit a doctor. *


Cold sore. (n.d.). Retrieved May 10, 2016, from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cold-sore/basics/symptoms/con-20021310

Sources

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/understanding-cold-sores-basics

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cold-sore/basics/symptoms/con-20021310

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/understanding-cold-sores-symptoms 

http://www.austincc.edu/microbio/2993q/hsv.htm

http://patient.info/health/cold-sores-leaflet

CASE STUDY

Microbiology Case Study

Disease: COLD SORES.

Melinda is a 44 year old woman. Her job requires a lot of her attention and for her to complete difficult tasks on a timely manner. Lately she hasn’t been getting much sleep due to this. She is really feeling down. She starts to notice a tingling, burning sensation around her mouth. She starts to notice redness and by the next day she now has crusty, oozing, painful blisters. Since she hasn’t experienced this before she went to the doctor. No test was necessary for diagnosis. Doctor knew what it was at first glance.

What are the physical symptoms of this condition ?

Is this a condition that is going to be recurring ?

What could be causing this condition ?

Is this a bacterial or viral disease ?

Is this a curable condition ?

This is nicknamed the kissing disease, which pathogen caused this disease? 

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