Describing, Diagnosing, & Treatment of Skin, Eye, & Ear Disorders. Describe dermatitis, diagnostic criteria, and treatment modalities
Describe the drug therapy for Conjunctivitis and Otitis Media
Discuss Herpes Virus infections, patient presentation, and treatment
Describe the most common primary bacterial skin infections and the treatment of choice.
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Please note this discussion is based in the Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Question 1: Describe dermatitis, diagnostic criteria, and treatment modalities
Dermatitis Overview: Dermatitis, commonly referred to as eczema, is an inflammatory skin condition characterized by itching, redness, and rash. It’s a multifactorial disorder with various subtypes, including atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, and nummular dermatitis.
Diagnostic Criteria: Diagnosis involves a comprehensive assessment of clinical history, physical examination, and sometimes additional tests. Key diagnostic criteria include:
Presence of pruritus (itchiness)
Papules, vesicles, or plaques
Lesions located in typical sites
Chronic or recurrent nature of symptoms
Topical Corticosteroids: First-line treatment for most cases. They help reduce inflammation, itching, and redness. Potency varies based on severity.
Emollients/Moisturizers: Important for maintaining skin barrier function and reducing dryness.
Topical Calcineurin Inhibitors: Used in cases where corticosteroids are not suitable. They reduce inflammation and help with itching.
Systemic Treatment: For severe cases, oral corticosteroids, immunosuppressants, or biologic therapies might be considered.
Avoid Triggers: Identifying and avoiding allergens or irritants that exacerbate symptoms.
Education: Patient education on proper skin care, hygiene, and moisturizer application.
Question 2: Describe the drug therapy for Conjunctivitis and Otitis Media
Conjunctivitis Drug Therapy:
Bacterial Conjunctivitis: Topical antibiotics like fluoroquinolones, aminoglycosides, or macrolides are commonly prescribed.
Viral Conjunctivitis: Supportive care, lubricating eye drops, and cold compresses. Antiviral medications in severe cases caused by herpes simplex virus.
Allergic Conjunctivitis: Antihistamine eye drops and mast cell stabilizers to reduce symptoms.
Otitis Media Drug Therapy:
Acute Otitis Media (AOM): Antibiotics like amoxicillin are the first-line treatment, especially in severe cases or children under 6 months.
Otitis Media with Effusion (OME): Usually managed conservatively, with watchful waiting and addressing underlying causes like allergies or respiratory infections.
Question 3: Discuss Herpes Virus infections, patient presentation, and treatment
Herpes Virus Infections: Herpes viruses include herpes simplex virus (HSV) types 1 and 2, and herpes zoster virus (HZV). They cause a range of infections, including oral and genital herpes, and shingles.
HSV-1 and HSV-2: Painful oral or genital lesions, itching, burning, flu-like symptoms during primary infection, and subsequent recurrent outbreaks.
Herpes Zoster: Painful rash along a dermatome, preceded by tingling or burning sensations, often accompanied by severe pain (post-herpetic neuralgia).
Antiviral Medications: Acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir are used to manage herpes virus infections. They reduce viral replication and symptom duration.
Pain Management: Analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs for pain relief, especially in herpes zoster cases.
Preventive Measures: Vaccines are available for herpes zoster (Shingrix) and certain populations at risk of HSV.
Question 4: Describe the most common primary bacterial skin infections and the treatment of choice
Common Bacterial Skin Infections:
Impetigo: Superficial infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes, leading to honey-colored crusted lesions.
Cellulitis: Infection of the deeper skin layers, usually due to S. aureus or Streptococcus spp., presenting as redness, warmth, swelling, and pain.
Treatment of Choice:
Impetigo: Topical antibiotics like mupirocin for limited lesions. Systemic antibiotics like penicillin or cephalosporins for more extensive cases.
Cellulitis: Empiric antibiotic therapy based on the likely causative pathogens, including beta-lactam antibiotics like cephalexin or dicloxacillin.
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Kimberlin, D. W., Whitley, R. J., & Wan, W. (2018). Herpes simplex virus infections. In Clinical Virology (Fourth Edition) (pp. 251-272). Academic Press.
Koning, S., & van Suijlekom-Smit, L. W. (2016). Antibiotics for impetigo. JAMA, 316(9), 960-961.