What's Going Around 8-24

By: Melanie Lofton Email
By: Melanie Lofton Email

In this week's What's Going Around insects are being blamed for a couple different illnesses.

The first one, is one we've heard about recently... Lyme disease.
Augusta Health has seen several cases of it since the beginning of summer.

You get Lyme disease when an infected tick bites a you. Within a few days or weeks, most patients develop a red "bull's-eye" rash. It doesn't itch. That rash is usually accompanied fatigue, fever, headache, stiff neck, muscle aches, and joint pains.

If untreated or not properly treated, some patients may develop arthritis, neurological problems, even heart problems. Prevention is key so after a day of enjoying the great outdoors, thoroughly check your skin for ticks.

Bed bugs are the source for another diturbing trend. Augusta Health doctors have seen a few patients with bites. While bed bugs rank high on the "ick" factor, they are pests, and are not considered to spread disease.

To make sure you don't get them though, do a quick inspection of hotel beds when you travel. Wash your clothing and inspect luggage after a trip, and do a thorough check when you buy second hand furniture.

Since we're talking prevention, Dr. Steven Mumbauer at Valley Pediatric Group says it's time to start thinking about annual flu vaccinations. The season can begin as early as October and continue through May. The vaccine is available now, for anyone that wants it.

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