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What's Going Around - Allergies rising, flu falling

March 29, 2012|Hugh Keeton

Spring is here and with the flowers blooming and grass growing, allergies are on the rise.  Providers at OCH Lawrence County Clinic in Mount Vernon and the Main Street Medical Clinic in Harrison, Arkansas report to KSPR they've seen an increase in allergy symptoms in recent weeks. 

Signs of allergies to look for are runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes and itchy mouth, nose and nose.

Allergy and cold symptoms can seem similar, but Dr. Robert Steele with Mercy Pediatrics gives a clear difference to look for between allergies and a cold.  "Allergies for many people, they'll get itchy watery eyes," said Steele.  "You generally get while they might be watery with a cold they're not usually itchy so that could be a distinguishing factor."

Flu is decreasing in the Oarks.  The number of flu cases reported by the Springfield- Greene County Health Department are almost half this week, down to 71 from 138 the week before.  
The Main Street Medical Clinic in Harrison hasn't had any patients test positive for flu in the last week.  In March, Ozarks Community Hospital's Missouri clinics and hospitals have seen 31 confirmed cases of the flu. 


Health professionals have predicted flu cases would begin declining in April.  Another sign the flu is weakening, the CDC downgraded flu activity in Missouri this week to regional from widespread activity. 

OCH Lawrence County Clinic also has been treating some muscle strain and sports physicals. Providers attribute the recent increase in muscle strain/injury to outdoor activity (yard work and outdoor exercise) as a result of fair weather.

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