What's Going Around 6-29

By: Melanie Lofton Email
By: Melanie Lofton Email

In this week's What's Going Around, Valley doctors are seeing a variety of illnesses, some of them you can't even treat.

One of them is called viral stomatitis. Doctor Peter Devries says they've seen it in a few patients at his practice. It causes sores in the back of the mouth. Other than hydration and time, there is no treatment. Waynesboro Pediatrics is also seeing some colds with fevers, and strep throat.

At Grant Memorial Hospital in West Virginia, they've had an intestinal virus going around that's causing an upset stomach and headache in all ages. Spokesperson Fran Welton says the ER department and pediatric office is also seeing things typical of summer. Poison ivy, spider bites, cuts and abrasions, and some broken bones from recreational activities.

Speaking of outdoor activities Augusta Health is still seeing people coming in with rickettsial diseases, or diseases related to ticks. They can range from commonly known Lyme disease to rocky mountain spotted fever.

The best way to deal with any tick-borne illness is to avoid it if you can.
Stay away from wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter, walk in the center of trails, use repellents that contain 20% of deet or more, and bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.

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