What's Going Around - September 16, 2009

By: Stacia Naquin Email
By: Stacia Naquin Email

We're heading in to cold season. So you might just dismiss symptoms that look like it. But it may not be a cold after all. It may be asthmatic bronchitis. Remember, you don't have to have asthma to get it.

That's according to Dr. Tom Bartlett with Mountain View Medical Center, in the central part of the Springs. He says it starts with cold symptoms, like a runny nose, cough, congestion and a fever.
But then you could also see wheezing or shortness of breath and a productive cough. Dr. Bartlett says this usually requires a steroid injection in the office, antibiotics and oral steroids.

Also going around this week is an illness affecting kids... croup. We heard about it in the Briargate area a couple of weeks ago. Now, cases are popping up in the southwest part of town.

That's according to Dr. Steven Reich with Colorado Springs Health Partners. As we've said before, croup is usually part of a cold, a viral infection. Your child will have a hoarse voice and a tight, low-pitched "barking" cough. It's usually worse at night. You may also notice harsh, raspy, vibrating sounds when your child breathes. So here's what you can do: give your child warm liquids, cough medicine and use a humidifier. As always, if your child has trouble breathing, call your doctor immediately.

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