What's Going Around

By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

We start in Mason, where Jena King, a family nurse practitioner at Allegiance Family Medicine is treating a highly contagious, common rash among kids called impetigo.

It's caused by bacteria.

Symptoms include small blisters and scabs that form a honey colored crusting.

These spots may occasionally itch or feel irritating.

To treat impetigo, clean the affected area with soap and water.

Your doctor can prescribe topical antibiotics or oral antibiotics if a large part of the body is affected.

Dr. Corrine Garner at Allegiance Family Medicine in Mason is treating winter-related skin conditions, eczema, in particular.

It's sometimes associated with food allergies, especially in children.

Symptoms include: dry, rough, flaking skin and itching.

It's often seen in the elbows and knees, or on the shins, top of the feet, and backs of hands.

Eczema is easy to treat.

Use plenty of moisturizers and avoid prolonged baths and harsh soaps.

Your doctor may prescribe steroid cream or ointment.

Dr. Mark Schaar at DeWitt Family Practice in DeWitt says acute bronchitis is what's going around.

It often develops from a cold or other respiratory infection.

Symptoms include: cough, mucus, shortness of breath, wheezing, fatigue, slight fever and chills, and chest discomfort.

To treat it, get plenty of rest, drink a lot of liquids, take over-the-counter cough medicines or pain relievers, and avoid exposure to irritants, like tobacco smoke. You can also use a humidifier in your room.

See a doctor if your cough prevents you from sleeping, you have a low-grade fever for more than three days, or your cough lasts more than three weeks.

If you have chronic lung or heart problems including asthma, emphysema or congestive heart failure, see a doctor.

Those conditions put you at greater risk of developing complications from bronchial infections.

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