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Stomach Virus: What's Going Around for the Week of April 17

There are two major allergy culprits in our valley this time of year.  That's just one thing local doctors are talking about when looking at "What's Going Around" the area where you live.

  • Dr. Michael Jardula is seeing a lot of intestinal illness this week in Palm Springs with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.  The bug seems to go away on its own, but if symptoms lasts more than 72 hours, he says "see your doctor."
  • A resurgence of this vicious gastrointestinal bug nearly put several people in the hospital in Palm Springs this week.  The bug presents with a very rapid onset of diarrhea, vomiting, chills, body aches and malaise.  Fortunately it lasts only between 24 and 72 hours, and symptoms can be relieved with hydration, and Motrin or Tylenol.  Dr. Frank Arian has also treated several cases of conjunctivitis or pink eye, sometime caused by seasonal or wind-related allergies.  "A physician can help differentiate between pink eye that is allergic versus infectious," says Arian.  "Seasonal allergies continue to be greatly increased.  Winds, blooming foliage and dust blowers are frequent culprits."  Finally, shingles are popping up in Palm Springs.  This re-activation of childhood chickenpox can show up as a painful rash that often starts with an itch.
  • This stomach bug is also affecting infants and toddlers in Rancho Mirage.  Dr. Arturo Quintanilla is treating lots of cases of vomiting and diarrhea in the pediatric population.  He advises hydration with an electrolyte solution, but no antibiotics or diarrhea medication.  Parents need to check with their pediatrician.
  • The huge wind storms of this week has flared up rhinitis in the east valley.  Decongestants, antihistamines, and steroid nasal sprays are being used to treat the sneezing, congestion, watery eyes and postnasal drip.  Dr. Randolph Gibbs also wants to make sure everyone is aware of the resurgence of tuberculosis in Imperial and eastern Riverside Counties. This region has the highest incidence statewide!
  • The east part of the valley is dealing with a lot of allergy-related complaints, including rhinitis.  Many of the allergy symptoms, like runny nose and sneezing, respond well to over-the-counter medication.  But Dr. Frank Curry says if you don't get better, you may need a prescription from your physician.  Dust and pollen are the two biggest sources of allergy problems this time of year.  Curry is also treating some asthma flare-ups.

Watch "What's Going Around" Tuesday evenings at 5:30 and Wednesday mornings on CBS Local 2 News.

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