What's Going Around - March 22, 2011

By: Stacia Naquin Email
By: Stacia Naquin Email

We want to talk about some symptoms today that you might dismiss as a cold. But it could be a virus that shows up every year that's a lot like a cold. It's called RSV.

Dr. Steven Reich with Evans Army Community Hospital is seeing a lot of it right now. You'll notice a fever, coughing, a runny nose, a sore throat and an earache in your child. Your child could also have trouble breathing. If that's the case, your child could need oxygen to help them recover. RSV is very contagious.
So make sure everyone in your house is washing their hands. And you may have to keep your child out of daycare.

Another issue we want to give you a heads up about an issue that affects 1 in 5 people across all ages... seasonal allergies. This comes from Dr. Kasey McCreight with Parkview Family Medicine in Pueblo. Those allergies can cause allergic rhinitis, which can cause sneezing, itching, nasal congestion, runny nose and post-nasal drip. Treatment can include nasal sprays, antihistamines and even cleaning the air ducts in your home. Allergies can affect you seasonally or all year long.

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