There are several things to talk about this week. First, hold on to your stomach. There's a nasty bug going around. It's called gastroenteritis. We heard this from several doctors. It's characterized by nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. We hear it can last up to a week and is very contagious. So make sure to force fluids, wash your hands a lot. And talk with your doctor about the best course of treatment.
Also this week, a virus that seemed to disappear is back… RSV. Dr. Steven Reich with Evans Army Community Hospital is seeing it pop up again in kids. He tells us to look out for a fever, coughing, a runny nose, a sore throat and an earache in your child. Your child could also have trouble breathing. That could mean they need to be put on oxygen. This virus is also very contagious. So he recommends good hand washing to keep the virus from spreading and keeping kids out of daycare.
The other thing to look out for this week... allergies. They're still a problem, mainly because of pollen. That's what we're hearing from Dr. Danny at Asthma Allergy & Associates. He says the symptoms to look out for are itchy, watery eyes and nose, along with sneezing and nasal congestion. He recommends a HEPA filter in the bedroom, saline nasal spray and over-the-counter meds like Claritin, Zyrtec or Allegra. You can also see an allergy doctor if those other remedies don't work. Remember, the pollen is going to stick around until all the trees have their leaves. Then pollen will be an issue because of the grass.