Respiratory Infection: What's Going Around for the Week of March 13
Things are looking up for those who've been sick. That's just one thing local doctors are talking about when looking at "What's Going Around" the area where you live.
- Dr. Randolph Gibbs is still seeing cases of viral bronchitis in all age groups among patients at the Mecca Clinic. Symptoms include fever, a dry cough, chills, and occasional intermittent wheezing. Treatment includes hydration, isolation and antiviral agents. For some reason, patients are also having a recurrence of GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. Cutting out the fat, alcohol, coffee, chocolate, spicy food and garlic can cut down your symptoms of heartburn and regurgitation.
- Dr. Frank Arian calls it an interesting week in Palm Springs, where he notes a dramatic drop-off of all infectious disease. Wheezers finally seemed to get better, and there were almost no new cases of respiratory infections. "The GI bug that blasted us the week before seemed to disappear as quickly as it came and people are on the mend," Arian offers. He is noticing an upswing of seasonal allergies, and people who are continuing to fall behind on their fluids. "We are seeing increased numbers of urinary tract infections probably because of the dehydration. strokes are up, renal stones are up and gout is up... All these are tied to dehydration," Arian says. Hydrate, practice good nutrition, reduce stress, get normal, regular exercise, and get good sleep to stay healthy.
- Bronchitis is affecting children across all age groups in Rancho Mirage. Dr. Arturo Quintanilla reports little ones have a cough, are wheezing, and have a high fever. "Patients need to check with their pediatrician," Quintanilla says.
- Viral gastroenteritis is going around La Quinta. Dr. Erica Ruiz tells us this starts with a high fever, usually in the young, then moves on to vomiting and diarrhea that lasts about a day. Most cases get better on their own without treatment, but children especially seem to stay tired for about a week. Allergies, and therefore asthma, are also really bad right now, and have gotten worse with the wind. "Asthma is a deep raspy cough that is very hard to control except for the medications routinely used for asthma" Ruiz says. She recommends staying on over-the-counter medication through the windy weather.
- Dr. Frank Curry is treating more of the respiratory issues in Coachella. The cough and sneezing is affecting people of all ages, from children to teenagers to the elderly. If this lasts several weeks, antibiotics may be needed. But if it's just clear discharge, you may want to watch and wait. Curry is also noticing gastrointestinal cases which include vomiting and diarrhea, but he's noticed far fewer of these than respiratory illnesses.
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