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What's Going Around - October 13th

October 13, 2011|by Hugh Keeton, KSPR News

Allergies continue to be an issue in the Ozarks. Those allergies are, in many cases, causing more serious conditions like sinus infections.

The Cox Health Center in Lebanon, reports to KSPR they've seen a lot of patients with sinusitis. Sinusitis is an infection or inflammation of the sinus cavities.  Symptoms include headache, fever and bad breath.  You're recommenced to take an antibiotic to clear up the infection.

Symptoms of a sinus infection are clearly different from those associated with seasonal allergies.  Symptoms of allergies include sneezing, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes and a clear or white nasal drip.

A definite difference to look for between a common cold and allergies, a yellow mucus running from the nose is a sign of a cold; opposed to the clear or white nasal drip from the nose associated with allergies.

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Mount Vernon Elementary School is dealing with some students that have strep throat with symptoms beginning suddenly.  Strep throat symptoms are difficulty swallowing, loss of appetite, fever, swollen lymph nodes and a sore throat.

Flu season is just beginning.  The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has reported the second case of flu in Greene County this flu season.  One case of flu has been reported in Arkansas by the state's public health lab.  The patient is a teenager and is a resident of the northeast part of Arkansas.

If you know of a sickness or illness going around in your community email: hkeeton@kspr.com.


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