What's Going Around

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Nurse Practitioner Linda Eckerson at DeWitt Family Medicine is seeing cases of strep throat this week.

You might have it if you have a sudden, severe sore throat. Other symptoms include: pain when swallowing, a fever above 101 degrees, tender lymph nodes, fatigue or headache.

Sometimes you can see white or yellow patches on the tonsils or throat.

Kids are prone to nausea, vomiting, and, occasionally, a red rash on the body known as scarlet fever.

If you are coughing, sneezing, or have a runny or stuffy nose, you probably do not have strep.

Anyone with a sore throat and a fever should see a doctor. Strep is treated with antibiotics. At home, take Tylenol or Motrin, gargle with warm salt water, rest and drink fluids.

Eckerson is also seeing patients come in with allergies.

Symptoms include: runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and nose, and dark circles under the eyes.

You should try to avoid allergens. Use eye drops and cool compresses, and take over-the-counter antihistamines.

If your child has asthma, stick to their prescribed treatment regimen.

Allergies can lead to sinus infections.

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