NR 511 WEEK 3 QUIZ
A 27-year-old female comes in to your primary care office complaining of a perioral
rash. The patient noticed burning around her lips a couple days ago that quickly went away. She awoke from sleep yesterday and noticed a group of vesicles with erythematous bases where the burning had been before. There is no burning today. She is afebrile and has no difficulty eating or swallowing. What test would confirm her diagnosis?
Potassium hydroxide (KOH) prep.
Sterile culture sent for aerobic and anaerobic bacteria.
Exam under a Wood lamp.
This would show giant cells consistent with herpes simplex virus. KOH and wood's lamp are used to diagnose fungal infections. Cultures can be sent to diagnose bacterial infections but it will not detect HSV.
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