WREG wants to let you know what illnesses are currently going around in schools and communities around the Mid-South. We’ve partnered with Saint Francis and MedPost Urgent Care for the latest information and we want to hear from you, too.
- A case of scabies was reported at a Memphis elementary school. Click here to read more.
- Seasonal allergies and strep remain at the top of the list with regard to frequency in diagnoses
- Ear infections
- Rash, eczema and fungal infections of the skin were all seen in larger numbers this past week
- A case of Fifth Disease was reported
- Fifth Disease is typically characterized by a rash that resembles a slapped cheek. Most commonly found in children, the disease is caused by parvovirus B19, a virus that is most likely transmitted through direct contact with respiratory secretions (saliva, nasal mucus, etc.) of infected people. Some symptoms that can appear before the rash include low-grade fever, chills and body aches. While there is no treatment that can kill the virus, the condition is usually a mild illness among children and adults who are otherwise healthy.
- Warmer weather & outdoor spring sports yielded multiple occurrences of fractures, sprains, strains & lacerations over the past week
- A case of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) was reported
- While RSV is a very common virus that leads to mild, cold-like symptoms in adults and older healthy children, it can be more serious in young babies, especially those in certain high-risk groups. Most infants have had this infection by age 2. Outbreaks of RSV infections most often begin in the fall and run into the spring. The virus spreads through tiny droplets that go into the air when a sick person blows their nose, coughs, or sneezes. RSV often spreads quickly in crowded households and day care centers.
Flu: The area is seeing a decrease in both flu types, A & B
Allergies: More allergy illnesses/related symptoms like nasal congestion, drainage, cough
Sports/play-related injuries: falls, sprains, contusions
Flu: Flu cases have really settled as peak season has passed, but cases are still being diagnosed in smaller numbers.
Upper respiratory infections: We’re seeing an increase in upper respiratory infections, which is consistent with pollen season. Associated symptoms include nasal congestion and discharge, sneezing, sore or scratchy throat and difficulty swallowing.
Asthma: A number of asthmatic patients are being seen in the Emergency Department due to seasonal allergies, so parents of children with asthma or pre-existing respiratory issues should be more vigilant this time of year.
Allergies to spring pollens causing itchy watery eyes, clear nasal drainage and non-productive cough are frequently being seen.
Visits for flu or flu-like illness are dramatically decreasing; flu season is coming to a close.
More encounters for falls, sprains and strains are being seen related to outdoor work or play.
Interspersed over the past week were several allergic reactions or adverse effects from insect stings – mainly wasps.
Remember, it’s time for wasps and other stinging insects to be out in increasing numbers. As well, snakes are making their presence known in Tipton/Fulton Counties and across the Mid-South. Among the tips to help avoid a snake bite include:
i. Wear long pants and boots taller than the ankle.
ii. Avoid tall brush and deep, dark crevices.
iii. Make plenty of noise and vibration while walking/hiking.
iv. Do not approach snakes for any reason.
With the school year wrapping up in the coming weeks, many families have vacation plans. If your family has plans to travel out of the country, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has some useful information to consider. Safe travels!
Urinary tract infections (or UTIs) are very common with more than 3 million cases per year in the United States. UTIs include infection of any part of the urinary system, including kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. UTIs are generally caused by bacteria but can also result from certain viruses and fungi. Mainly noted symptoms can last several days or weeks and includes:
- Burning sensation during urination
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Pain in the back or lower abdomen
Treatment from a medical professional is advised as a definitive diagnosis requires a lab test or imaging. Antibiotics are the first line of treatment. Type of antibiotic, dosage and duration depends on the type of organism and severity of infection.
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