What's Going Around - May 27, 2008

By: Kimberly Price Email
By: Kimberly Price Email

SOUTHWEST COLORADO SPRINGS - Viral Cough

Dr. Bridget Tewes with Colorado Springs Health Partners says, she's been seeing a lot of really bad viral coughs.

They are somewhat productive.

In some cases, patients are also coming down with a fever.

And this cough isn't going away quickly.

Dr. Tewes says, for most people, it's lasting 1 to 2 weeks.

Over-the-counter drugs can help ease the discomfort.

HEALTH TIP - Preventing Insect Bites

Dr. Alan Garscadden with CSHP says, with so many outdoor summer activities, chances are you'll have some kind of interaction with bugs.

- Make sure to use an insect repellent containing DEET, but follow the directions carefully. Using more won't add any extra protection.

- Make sure children avoid playing in places spiders like to hide.

- And if shoes or boots are stored in a garage, shake them before putting them on.

- Doctors also recommend not wearing perfumes or brightly colored clothing with flowery prints when you're outdoors. You will attract the bugs!


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