What's Going Around 6-22

By: Melanie Lofton Email
By: Melanie Lofton Email

In this week's what's going around doctors in central Virginia, and the Shenandoah Valley are seeing shingles cases.

Dr. Greg Jesteadt at Harrisonburg family practice says he actually sees shingles frequently. In fact several cases a month isn't unusual. The thing is shingles is an intensely painful disease caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox.

The duration of it can be shortened with anti-viral medications. It can be prevented with the chicken pox vaccine. It's important to note, you can't get shingles, from a person infected with shingles. However, if you've never had chicken pox, you can acquire it after exposure to a person with shingles.

Dr. Jesteadt says what he is seeing that is unusual is several cases of pneumonia. He recommends anyone with cough, shortness of breath, and fevers should seek medical attention immediately regardless of age to see if antibiotics are needed.

A final note, be careful if you're spending time outdoors. Rockingham Memorial Hospital, and Dr. Steven Mumbauer at Valley Pediatric group, both report seeing a few tick bites. They have no confirmed cases of Lyme disease, but Augusta health last week says it has seen some mild cases of it.

Make sure you thoroughly check for ticks, after being out in the woods. If you start seeing symptoms of Lyme disease, contact your physician immediately.

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