March 13, 2014
Influenza continues to plague the Valley, but something new is surfacing.
Dr. Robert Fern, Waynesboro Pediatrics, reports that seasonal allergies are starting up. Common symptoms are clear runny nose, nasal itching and sneezing along with watery, itchy and/or red eyes. Allergies can trigger asthma, so Fern suggests over-the-counter drugs such as Benadryl, Claritin and Zyrtec. See a doctor if they do not help.
Since flu remains widespread, Central Shenandoah Health District Epidemiologist, Deborah Bundy-Carpenter says it cannot be stressed enough that if you are ill, the best place for you and others is home so that you do not spread the disease. The flu is spread by small droplets in the air when you cough, sneeze or even talk.