Cold Sores- Pharmacist


  Credits  1.5

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Cold sores are caused by a common viral infection (herpes simplex virus-1) that is easy to get, but impossible to cure. Initial infection with the virus is often asymptomatic or results in very mild symptoms. Future episodes occur periodically in 30-40% of people. These often start with a mild burning or tingling near the lip border that progresses to a group of red bumps, and then finally to “honey-crusted” lesion. Treatment is best initiated as early as possible, such as when tingling begins and before the reddened area develops. Product selection should be individualized and is based in large part on the frequency and severity of outbreaks. This issue provides a brief review of the cold sore virus and the infection it causes, and an update on treatment options including oral and topical prescription antiviral agents, a non-prescription viral entry inhibitor, and a variety of over-the-counter products that are intended to reduce symptoms rather than affect the virus. The potential benefits of each are discussed. A detailed patient education page summarizes all aspects of the condition including treatments and common myths associated with cold sores.


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Course Information

Target Audience

Pharm/Nurse Drug Therapy

Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacist : 428-0000-09-019-H01-P
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

In order to obtain a Statement of Credit, attendees must answer poll questions where presented and complete a program evaluation. Attendees may immediately print their Statement of Credit or leave them stored on the website.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.