There's one thing you can do to shorten the duration of the flu. That's just one thing local doctors are talking about when looking at "What's Going Around" the area where you live.

  • Community-acquired pneumonia caused by mycoplasma-type organisms is the main concern of Dr. Randolph Gibbs at the Mecca Clinic this week. He says up to 40 percent of all pneumonias are attributed to atypical-type infections, and transmission is person-to-person.  It spreads slowly through closed populations like households, schools and businesses.  The cough is usually dry, and worse at night.  "Antibiotics are indicated therefore seek medical advice early," Gibbs says.
  • An odd week in Palm Springs where Dr. Frank Arian saw an explosion of viral illness because of the weather changes.  "It produced a G.I. bug much more reminiscent of the flu," Arian says.  Body and joint aches, malaise, fever, and lots of diarrhea and vomiting.  He says this is really the first of the GI bugs this winter season.  The number of upper respiratory infections are decreasing markedly, as the warm weather is helping the wheezers get better, and people are on the mend.  But make sure you hydrate as the weather heats up, and beware of gardeners with blowers as allergies are on the fast upswing.
  • Dr. Erica Ruiz is tracking viral sinusitis in La Quinta.  This nasal and sinus congestion comes with fatigue, headache, and a sore throat, and lasts about five to seven days.  Over-the-counter sinus rinses, antihistimines, and prescription nasal sprays help treat the symptoms.  She's also still seeing some cases of the flu pop up, but Ruiz says it's slowed down over the last two weeks.  If symptoms are caught in the first 24-48 hours an antiviral medication can help, otherwise, the symptoms and nausea can last up to two weeks.
  • There's still a lot of respiratory illness going around in Coachella, especially among those who are over the age of 60.  Dr. Frank Curry explains this comes with a cough, congestion, wheezing, and in some cases, pneumonia.  


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