Ear Infections: What's Going Around for the Week of September 18
Sore throats, ear infections and stomach bugs are greeting kids who are just returning to school. Those are just some of the issues local doctors are talking about when looking at "What's Going Around" the area where you live.
- In Palm Springs this week Dr. Michael Jardula reports patients are coming in with short-lived intestinal problems. This virus is making the rounds with vomiting, diarrhea, and general malaise. It appears to go away on it's own with no major problems.
- The folks at Desert Oasis Healthcare Pediatrics in La Quinta are still treating seasonal allergies. Colds are running rampant. They're also starting to see more ear infections caused by colds and allergies. Now that flu season is coming, Nurse Practitioner Gabrielle Schwilk says they're also encouraging flu shots.
- Allergic rhinitis is the main issue at the Mecca Clinic. Dr. Randolph Gibbs says if the stuffy nose, congestion, and sneezing last more than a week, it could actually be a virus. "Some individuals may require allergic testing and further work up," says Gibbs. Gastroenteritis is lingering among all age groups. The loose stool, fever, and cramping usually goes away within about 48 hours.
- Upper respiratory infections are keeping Dr. Frank Arian busy in Palm Springs this week. Wash your hands every time you touch public surfaces, or every time you share a private surface with someone who's sick. Dr. Arian also saw a cluster of hand, foot and mouth disease, that presented as a sore throat and a rash to the top and bottom of feet. This usually gets better within five days, but is highly contagious. Children should stay at home to avoid spreading this around.
- Lots of children with staph infections are coming in to Dr. Arturo Quintanilla's practice in Rancho Mirage. These are basically skin infections with either blisters or cellulitis. All staph infections need antibiotic therapy. He tells us the problem is that staph has gone from being something picked up in hospitals, to something out in the general public. The best way to avoid this is to keep day cares and preschools squeaky clean with soap and water, and antibacterial wipes.
- In La Quinta, Dr. Efren Wu reports several cases of stomach flu, or viral gastroenteritis. This should go away on it's own between three to five days. But drinking plenty of fluids will help, along with keeping your hands clean and washed. Dr. Wu has also seen lots of school-aged children coming in with sore throats. If your child also has a fever, it's a good idea to see the doctor to make sure it's not strep.
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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