What's Going Around

Physicians Assistant Michelle Spica from the Charlotte Medical Group in Charlotte, tells us Swimmer's Itch is what's going around this week.
Swimmer's Itch is a local reaction on a person's skin caused by coming in contact with parasites that can be found in lakes or other slow-moving fresh water.
Symptoms include itchy, raised red bumps that usually occur within hours of infection and don't generally last more than a week.
You can use anti-histimines to help with the itching, and topical hydrocortisone to help with inflammation. You should also avoid the infected water. Wearing water-resistant DEET may help prevent the parasites from infecting the skin.

Dr. Les Searls at the Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing says doctors have treated some cases of suspected food poisoning.
Symptoms generally include fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, and loss of appetite -- and can last for several days.
It's important to drink plenty of fluids, because you can get dehydrated. Keep a close eye on kids, because they can get dehydrated very quickly.
Pregnant women should always call a doctor if they think they may have food poisoning.
The best way to prevent food poisoning is to handle and cook food properly.

See a doctor if you have severe symptoms of food poisoning, like bloody diarrhea, or if you've been sick for a few days. Certain types of food poisoning can be life threatening.


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