What's Going Around - January 13, 2009

By: Stacia Naquin Email
By: Stacia Naquin Email

When you hear ear infections, you probably think of it happening to kids. But that’s not the case on the North Side of town.

Dr. Tom Bartlett with Mountain View Medical Group is seeing ear infections in adults this week.

He says it usually starts with a cold and cough for up to five days. Then there’s nasal congestion, fever, sore throat and then increased ear pain, along with difficulty hearing.

Treatment is antibiotics, decongestants and increased fluids. Dr. Bartlett says it usually resolves in about a week.

On the Southwest side of town, bronchiolitis is what’s going around. It’s showing up in infants all the way up to adults.

That’s according to Dr. Bridget Tewes, with CSHP.

Bronchiolitis is caused by a virus and affects the small air passages in the lungs. It causes upper respiratory infections in adults and respiratory distress for kids.

You’ll notice difficulty breathing, thick nasal congestion, a fever and harsh cough.

Symptoms worsen over the first 3-4 days, but can last up to ten days or longer.

Call your doctor anytime you have trouble breathing.

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