Shingles: What's Going Around for the Week of Nov. 13
Children appear to be the first victims of flu season this year. That's just one thing local doctors are talking about when looking at "What's Going Around" the area where you live.
- In Palm Springs Dr. Michael Jardula reports he's noticed an increase in enteritis, a common stomach issue that comes with nausea, vomiting, and loose bowels. Jardula suggests a bland diet and antacids to help patients feel better. But if symptoms last more than 48 hours, he says to see your primary care physician.
- Physician's Assistant Mitch Claire reports he's seeing many viral upper respiratory infections in Indio. He says over-the-counter medication can help, but if your cough or fever is productive, you'll need to see your doctor. Asthma exacerbations are also on the rise. Claire says this can turn into bronchitis or pneumonia if you're not on the right medication.
- Dr. Randolph Gibbs' older patients at the Mecca Clinic are coming in for treatment of shingles. Up to 20 percent of people ages 60 to 65 can develop this, with symptoms that linger for months. He suggests the herpes zoster vaccine to stay healthy. People of all age groups are coming down with contagious airborne viruses and flu. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, sore throat and a non-productive cough.
- In Palm Springs, allergies and sinus infections are the big stories. The windy weather, scalping, and fall cleaning are all behind these issues. Sinus infections, or sinusitis, is often a result of allergies because the nasal steroids used to treat allergies can compromise the nasal passages, and lots of mucus causes the growth of microbes, Dr. Frank Arian says. He also reports lots of diarrhea lasting 48 to 72 hours is going around this part of the valley.
- Little ones are having a rough time of it right now. Dr. Arturo Quintanilla reports he's seeing the first cases of stomach flu in Rancho Mirage. This is mostly affecting infants and toddlers with vomiting, diarrhea, and sometimes fever. Check with a doctor if your child isn't able to keep down fluids, and starts to get lethargic and dehydrated.
- Dr. Erica Ruiz is treating strep throat in patients from elementary age through adults. This comes with a severe sore throat, low grade fever and fatigue, and needs treatment by a doctor. She's also seen quite a few cases of shingles in La Quinta. These painful blisters eventually go away on their own, but a doctor can provide some help with the pain.
- And in Coachella, Dr. Frank Curry reports this week has been the week for respiratory tract infections and bronchial infections, "coming from all corners of USA and Canada to our desert. The most common symptoms seem to be sinus pressure, sore throat, and a cough often accompanied by wheezing, and fever," says Curry. These same symptoms have been going around the pediatric population for the last two weeks.
Watch "What's Going Around" Tuesday evenings at 5:30 and Wednesday mornings at 6:45 on CBS Local 2 News.