Strep Throat: What's Going Around for the Week of October 24
Little ones are coming down with serious sore throats! That's just one thing local doctors are talking about when looking at "What's Going Around" the area where you live.
- Respiratory issues are really plaguing people in the west part of our valley this week. Dr. Michael Jardula tells us the change in weather, and the scalping of lawns and golf courses is leaving folks with lots of allergies, sinusitis and sore throats. He suggests using over-the-counter antihistamines and keeping yourself well hydrated. See your doctor if you have a fever, or if the mucus turns color.
- School-age children are coming down with strep throat in Rancho Mirage. Dr. Arturo Quintanilla tells us the classic symptom triad is a fever, sore throat and abdominal pain. But some patients are coming with with just a sore throat and fever. Strep doesn't usually include a cough or runny nose, so check with your pediatrician if your child comes in with any combination of these symptoms.
- Colds and out-of-control allergies are behind the asthma flare-ups giving people trouble in La Quinta. Nurse Practitioner Gabrielle Schwilk at Desert Oasis Healthcare Pediatrics also tells us she's starting to see more viral gastroenteritis, or stomach viruses, so stay hydrated. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is also going around. This rash is primarily on the hands and feet, but can also show up as blisters in the mouth.
- Dr. Randolph Gibbs at the Mecca Clinic reports that we all still need to keep on our toes about the latest salmonella outbreak caused by peanuts and peanut products. The "Riverside Health Department is still concerned about salmonella gastroenteritis and its increasing prevalence in the county," he says. It's very important to see your doctor if you think you may have salmonella. And remember that flu vaccines are now available, and suggested for this time of year. "Lastly, I have been seeing several cases of acute bronchitis in children which has been attributed to a virus. Treatment remains symptomatic and the majority resolve uneventfully within two to three days," Dr. Gibbs adds.
- You're not the only one with an ear infection right now. Dr. Erica Ruiz tells us these are in high supply at her practice in La Quinta. Symptoms include ear pain and pressure, and sometime, a fever and fatigue. This requires antibiotics and a check from a doctor. Viral gastroenteritis is also hitting the younger kids in this part of the valley. This lasts about 36 hours and comes with a high fever and diarrhea. If your child stops eating or drinking completely, "you'll need help to keep them hydrated," says Dr. Ruiz. And the scalping season is really hitting people hard. You may have to start with over-the-counter medication before moving on to a Netti Pot, and prescription nasal sprays.
- The pediatrician's office in Cathedral City is hopping with back-to-school physicals this week. Dr. Vivien Pacold tells us it's also a good time to remind parents of the importance of giving your child a healthy breakfast in the morning, and staying away from soda and snack foods. Some suggestions for breakfast include oatmeal, scrambled eggs, or a nutritional cereal. And believe it or not, teenagers are coming in for treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. Dr. Pacold says check your child's facebook activity, and keep an eye on their out-of-school activities to see if they are sexually active...if you think they are...talk to them about safe sex.
- It's finally cool enough to get all the dust out of the garage. That, coupled with scalping of lawns and golf courses, is leading to a huge outbreak of allergic rhinitis in Palm Springs. That's also leading to an uptick in the number of sinus infections. Dr. Frank Arian says keeping your allergies under control with daily over-the-counter medicine like Claritin or Zyrtec can help avoid this. He's also noticed patients with diarrhea lasting from 48-72 hours. Dehydration is a real concern here, so limit the amount of antibiotics you take, and keep healthy by eating foods rich with probiotics.
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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