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What's Going Around: Dehydration, Bronchitis, and Hand Foot & Mouth
Not drinking enough water when you're out in the summer heat can be extremely dangerous, even causing a serious illness.
News 5's Ginger ten Bensel explains in this week's "What's Going Around."
Doctor Michael Hanich with the Kearney Clinic says he's seen several patients develop urinary tract infections and then sepsis. Two fo them had to be hospitalized.
Hanich says that heat and dehydration have a lot to do with why this happens, and added that epsis is where the infection gets into the blood stream.
He says that if you get behind on your fluid balance, it increases your chances of a urinary tract infection, so it is vital to make sure you drink plenty of water.
Doctor Michael Johnson with the Hastings Family Practice says despite summer temperatures, he's still seeing both bronchitis and the common cold.
Doctor Janice Kutilek with the Grand Island Clinic says she had ten patients in one day come in with Hand Foot and Mouth Disease.
Symptoms of the illness are blisters on the hands, feet and around the mouth and throat.
They also include a low grade fever and a sore throat. Most of the patients with the illness were under the age of two but she did see a nine year old and ten year old with the illness, as well.
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