Knee sprains: What's Going Around for the Week of September 4

Whats going around? 9-4-12

If you're 60 or older, there's a vaccine you might want to ask your doctor about. 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 says he's seeing an increase in rota virus in children. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and sporadic vomiting. Personal hygiene and hydration can really help in prevention. Herpes zoster, more commonly known as shingles, has also popped up at the Mecca Clinic. This tends to occur more often in the 60-65 year-old age group, so ask your doctor about the vaccine, which can prevent the nerve inflammation that happens after the painful and blistering rash.
  • Dr. Efren Wu in La Quinta has some topical issues that are coming up now that football is in season. Dr. Wu is treating young athletes for sprained knees and shoulders. "Use proper tackling techniques," he says, "and make sure you're warmed up before playing." Contact dermatitis is an issue right now. Dr. Wu says if you're going to try a new lotion or sunscreen, try it on a small area first to see if you have a localized reaction before spreading it all over.
  • In Rancho Mirage, Dr. Arturo Quintanilla reports seeing many cases of tonsillitis caused by both strep and staph infections. Most of the patients are pre-school and school-age children. He reminds us it's very important to check in with your pediatrician if your child has a sore throat and fever.

  • Viral gastroenteritis is going around La Quinta right now, and lasting about two days. Dr. Erica Ruiz tells us good hydration and rest can help symptoms resolve on their own. Dizziness also appears to be an issue. The most common causes are dehydration, along with allergies, which cause middle-ear imbalances. If the dizziness doesn't get better with hydration and allergy treatment within 24 hours, see your doctor to investigate other causes.
  • Dr Frank Arian continues to treat a light respiratory illness in Palm Springs. Patients complain of fever and chills, a light sore throat, and a mild cough. A generalized viral syndrome is also going around this part of the valley. Along with fever and diarrhea, people feel very dizzy-- like they're spinning. Finally, Dr. Arian has noticed an uptick in cellulitis cases. An antibiotic can help these rough, red skin patches heal quickly.

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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