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What's Going Around: Common Cold, Bronchitis, Sinus Infection
Flu is on the way out.
Dr. Michael Johnson with the Hastings Family Practice says that gastroenteritis, the common cold, bronchitis, and sinus infections are going around.
As for what's apparently *not* going around, he hasn't seen any cases of influenza for more than two weeks and he says he hopes we are done with the flu.
He says he is seeing fewer respiratory illness and more allergies and hay fever.
Johnson went on to talk about the common cold. A cold generally lasts a week but the cough can last up to two weeks and it's not unusual to have a residual cough.
Johnson says that with bronchitis the cough can last for several weeks.
He says it's not unusual for the cough to last at least ten to fourteen days with acute illnesses.
Johnson says that if you are not better in ten to fourteen days you need to go back to your doctor.
Dr. Janice Kutilek with the Grand Island Clinic says she believes flu season is over.
Like Dr. Johnson Kutilek has not seen any cases of the flu for three weeks.
She says she is still seeing some RSV and the rotavirus.
She says that she is starting to see patients with the coxsackie virus.
The coxsackie virus is a spring time virus. It usually causes blisters on the feet and palms of the hands.
But right now the patients she has only have blisters on the skin. Plus a low grade virus. The coxsackie virus usually affects younger children.
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