What's Going Around 1-11

By: Melanie Lofton Email
By: Melanie Lofton Email

In this week's What's Going Around, it should be more like what isn't going around. The doctors in and around the Valley are busy with all kinds of illnesses.

Here's one... Community acquired pneumonia. That's the typical viral or bacterial infection that spreads to your lungs. It's called "community-acquired" when it's diagnosed in someone who hasn't recently been in the hospital or another health care facility. Dr. Arsheeya Mashaw in Luray says he's staying busy treating sinus infections and bronchitis.

Here's a few symptoms of all three of these. The most common symptoms of pneumonia are a cough, fever, which may be mild or high, chills, and shortness of breath. That shortness of breath may only happen when you climb stairs.

With a sinus infection pain will be your main symptom. Where you have the pain will indicate which of your sinuses are involved.

With bronchitis you'll have chest discomfort cough that produces mucus, fatigue, fever (usually a low one) and shortness of breath that gets worse with exertion or mild activity.

Here's the disease we all need to be aware of. Infection control specialist Carolyn Palmer says Augusta county has its first case of the flu. It was confirmed through an office visit, in an adult who had not received a flu shot. Flu season starts to peak around late January, so now that it's here doctors cannot stress enough, the importance to get a flu shot, especially if you're at high risk of complications.


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