What's Going Around - August 24, 2010

By: Stacia Naquin Email
By: Stacia Naquin Email

When you hear stomach bug and sore throat, you probably think - those are winter-time illnesses. But they're both going around this week in southern Colorado.

Let's begin with the stomach bug. Dr. Tom Bartlett reports it in the central part of Colorado Springs. He's with Mountain View Medical Group.

Here's what he says to look for: fever and chills and then abdominal pain. He says that can be severe with cramping and diarrhea. And here's what he recommends: lots of rest, fluids and over-the-counter meds to help your stomach. After 24-48 hours, you should be better.

But again, that's not all that's going around this week.

Some folks are dealing with acute pharyngitis, which is a bad sore throat. This is a virus, so it could easily spread, especially with the new school year.

That's according to Dr. Michael Halenkamp with Colorado Springs Health Partners. He's in the Briargate area. He recommends rest, fluids and over-the-counter medication for symptoms. No antibiotics for this, since it is viral.

If you have pain when you're breathing or drinking or if your symptoms last longer than 5 days, see your doctor. Also, Dr. Halenkamp says the flu-mist nasal spray immunizations are in. They're recommended for anyone 2-years to 18-years.


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