What's Going Around 8-31

By: Melanie Lofton Email
By: Melanie Lofton Email
In this week's What's Going Around we're talking about back to school. Not the new teachers or homework, but what kids are already dealing with regarding their health. Doctor Peter Devries with Valley Pediatric Group says his practice is already seeing cold viruses. There are also some cases of viral pharyngitis. That's a virus that causes a sore throat. The office has also seen a few cases of strep throat. The National Institutes of Health says strep is the most common throat infection. Symptoms may be mild or severe. They appear two to five days after being exposed to the bacteria. Those symptoms include a sudden fever. It's often highest on the second day. A red throat, sometimes with white patches. A sore throat, headache, and nausea. Doctors in Central Virginia are warning about a potential danger in the school cafeteria. Food allergies. The problem could result in a trip to the ER if it's not immediately addressed. Symptoms of an allergy include nausea, vomiting, itching, hives, wheezing and dizziness. It can even cause the airways to close. The foods most commonly linked to allergies include peanuts, fish or shellfish. Children with known food allergies are advised to avoid those foods. If they accidentally come in contact with a trigger food the best way to treat the problem is with an epinephrine shot.
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