- In the east part of the valley, parents should watch out for impetigo. This contagious skin infection most often affects children younger than the age of 5. It's spread by direct contact though day care centers and at schools, and gets worse during the summer months. Dr. Randolph Gibbs at the Mecca Clinic reports topical antibiotics are the first course of treatment. He's also seeing cases of acute cellulitis, a common complication of diabetes, as well as for patients in an "immunocompromised state." "This condition usually resolves with oral antibiotics and adjunctive therapy, which includes cool compresses and immobilization and elevation of the affected extremity," Gibbs adds.
- In Indio, Dr. Arthur Davis reports his patients are coming in with gastrointestinal problems. This stomach flu is marked by nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and a low-grade fever. If it gets worse, see your doctor. He suggests trying probiotics, and drinking lots of fluids to prevent dehydration. Physician's Assistant Mitch Claire echoes Davis. Claire also reports lots of gastrointestinal illness in Indio this week. That includes vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal discomfort. Over-the-counter medication should help unless the symptoms don't stop. The extreme climate changes of the last two weeks is behind the flare-ups in allergic rhinitis, as well as some upper respiratory infections. If the fever continues and the cough is productive, you'll need to see your doctor. Claire says strict hand washing is a must, as it can prevent any of these illnesses.
- The warmer weather may be responsible for an increase in cases of yeast and urinary tract infections in La Quinta. Dr. Erica Ruiz reports that UTI's need antibiotics for treatment.
- For the second week in a row Dr. Arturo Quintanilla continues to see lots of viral gastroenteritis among infants and toddlers in Rancho Mirage. In young children it's best to see the pediatrician if there's ever a sudden onset of vomiting, diarrhea and fever.
- The warmer weather has people showing off their tootsies in Palm Springs. That means more folks are coming in to see Dr. Arian to do something about those fungus toes! Unfortunately, the risks of therapy have to be considered versus the benefit of treatment. So don't share nail clippers or scissors, wear flip-flops in any shower other than your own, and retire those old tennies! Dehydration is also an issue this time of year. Remember, it doesn't have to be 110 degrees to be hot! Drinking more water this time of year can prevent dry eyes, dry mouth, pasty skin, feeling wiped out and tired...or much much worse. "You should be drinking in ounces, one half of your body weight in pounds, plus 10 percent," Dr. Arian advises. He gives the example of a 170-pound man. "You should be drinking 85 ounces plus 10 percent, which would thus total 93 ounces per day," Arian says. "A woman weighing 130 pounds should be drinking 65 ounces plus 10 percent, thus totaling 71 ounces per day." However, these numbers increase for hotter temperatures and more vigorous activity.
- It was a mixed bag illness-wise at Dr. Michael Jardula's Palm Springs practice this week. Jardula says he saw patients with respiratory, abdominal and flu-like symptoms. He thinks the winds and allergies played a hand as well. Consistent weather should help out.
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