Allergies: What's Going Around for the Week of October 16
A salmonella scare has hit close to home, and lawn scalping is sending people running to the doctor's office. That's just one of the issues local doctors are talking about when looking at "What's Going Around" the area where you live.
- Dr. Frank Arian says he's seeing more of the same in Palm Springs this week. Seasonal allergies, a viral illness, and vitamin D deficiency continues to be a huge problem. To help beef up the vitamin D in your life, Dr. Arian says you can try to get outdoors more often, increase the dairy in your diet, or take a supplement. But be careful, because too much vitamin D can be toxic. So let your doctor decide how much you should be taking.
- Pneumonia and bronchitis are affecting little ones of all ages at Dr. Quintanilla's practice in Rancho Mirage. Infants, to toddlers, to older children are coming in with a cough and fever. If your child has that combination, Dr. Quintanilla says they should be seen by a pediatrician.
- If you're in La Quinta, take care that your cough doesn't get worse. Dr. Erica Ruiz tells us the wheezing and shortness of breath she's treating in patients there can progress to asthma if it's not taken care of early. The scalping season is bringing itchy, red eyes, and allergies along with it. And ear infections are mainly hitting kids with ear pain and low-grade fevers.
- The folks at Desert Oasis Healthcare Pediatrics are treating lots of pink eye this week. Nurse Practitioner Gabrielle Schwilk is also seeing the common cold and bronchitis. An acute stomach virus, also known as gastroenteritis, is hitting children with diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Keeping hydrated is key.
- Dr. Randolph Gibbs saw several patients with salmonella this week at the Mecca Clinic. Although it may look like a regular stomach bug, testing is required to confirm it's salmonella. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fever. All close family members need to be screened. Patients in the east valley are also coming in for treatment of viral upper respiratory infections, and just like children in La Quinta, little ones are also suffering from gastroenteritis.
Watch "What's Going Around" Tuesday evenings at 5:30 and Wednesday mornings at 6:45 on CBS Local 2 News.
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