Stomach Virus: What's Going Around for the Week of Nov. 20
Viruses of all kinds are keeping folks of all ages in the valley down for the count. That's just one thing local doctors are talking about when looking at "What's Going Around" the area where you live.
- Dry weather means lots of dry skin. Little ones are breaking out with eczema. Dr. Vivien Pacold is also treating a rash of ringworm. It's popping up on the forearm between the wrist and the elbow. Pacold thinks ringworm may be on school desks where kids rest their arms, but she says it's something to think about the next time you're at the post office, the bank, or any other place where there's a shared counter. In Cathedral City, children in the 4-5-6 age group are also starting to get bronchitis with a cough. Pacold says hand-washing is a must, and parents should keep pants or an extra sweater handy for little ones to change into once the sun goes down and it gets cold.
- In La Quinta Dr. Erica Ruiz reports a self-limiting virus that attacks the gastrointestinal system and causes nausea, low-grade fevers, vomiting and diarrhea. Allergies are going strong right now. There are also more sinus infections, which come with fatigue, headaches, and sometimes ear pain.
- Dr. Randolph Gibbs is still seeing several cases of viral gastroenteritis in young children coming in to the Mecca Clinic. The most common cause behind the diarrhea and vomiting is the rota virus. Gibbs has also noticed that certain strains of bacteria are becoming increasingly hard to treat with antibiotics. Be careful when traveling out of the country, or eating foods from street vendors.
- In Coachella this week Dr. Frank Curry tells us he's seeing a huge number of respiratory infections-- including ear infections, viruses, even chest infections. Some of these cases turn into bacterial infections with fevers and green colored phlegm, so stay hydrated. It will help your mucus stay liquid instead of sticky like glue. He's also treating a stomach virus that comes with nausea and diarrhea lasting from 48-72 hours.
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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