What's Going Around - June 15, 2010

By: Stacia Naquin Email
By: Stacia Naquin Email

We're within a week of the beginning of summer. But you wouldn't know it in the doctor's office, with croup and mono going around.

Let's begin with croup. Dr. Steven Reich is with Colorado Springs Health Partners in the southwest part of town. He's seen four cases of croup in the last week.

Here's a look at the symptoms: A fever, hoarseness, a runny nose and, the tell-tale sign, a barky cough that is usually worse at night.

You can use a humidifier, because dry air makes a cough worse. Give your child warm fluids, if they're over 4-months old. Also, if the child wakes up coughing in the middle of the night, Dr. Reich recommends turning on the hot water in your shower and sitting with your child in the bathroom with the door closed.

Also going around this week... mono, or mononucleosis. It's a viral infection and can occur at any age. But it happens most often between the ages of 13 and 22.

Dr. Michael Halenkamp has diagnosed three cases in the last week. He's also with Colorado Springs Health Partners, in the Briargate office.

He says the symptoms may include severe sore throat, large swollen tonsils, swollen lypmph nodes, increased sleeping and an enlarged spleen.

No medicines will cure mono. Antibitoics won't work, because it's a virus. But Dr. Halenkamp says fever and pain medicines can help some of the symptoms. Also, make sure you or your child are drinking enough fluids so dehydration doesn't set in.

Most symptoms will be gone in a week. But in the most severe cases, symptoms can last for two to four weeks. Make sure to talk to your doctor.

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