What's Going Around?

By: Jamie Curott Email
By: Jamie Curott Email

In this week's What's Going Around, we begin in Page County. Dr. Jeffrey Feit is seeing the seasonal issue of hand dermatitis and eczema.

He says this is a rash which is caused by the loss of humidity in winter. It usually looks like a red, dry patch that, when severe, can cause painful cracking of the skin.

Feit says one remedy is to put moisturizer on your hands before bedtime, then cover your hands with cotton gloves. He says this works much better than having to apply lotion once a day.

Feit is also seeing additional cases of strep throat and the stomach flu. These same two illnesses are also going around Waynesboro.

Dr. Melissa Hostetter with Waynesboro Pediatrics says she is also seeing some asthma flare-ups. She says the change of weather and increase in upper respiratory infections is to blame. Suctioning of the nose, saline nose drops and some medications will usually do the trick.

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