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What's Going Around: Respiratory Virus, Asthma, and Ear Wax
Some surprising illnesses are still in the June air.
News 5's Ginger ten Bensel takes a look at a few of them in this week's edition of "What's Going Around":
Dr. Michael Johnson with the Hastings Family Practice says he has seen a number of patients with a respiratory virus.
Symptoms include an achy feeling along with fever congestion and sometimes diarrhea.
Johnson says that the virus comes and goes in a few days.
He says he's also hospitalized patients dealing with pneumonia. The illness is not as common in the summer, but people with a chronic lung disease such as emphysema may have more trouble with it.
Johnson also hospitalized another patient with asthma.
Seasonal allergies, cigarette smoke, or other environmental changes can trigger asthma.
Doctor Michael Hanich with the Kearney Clinic says that a patient came into his office and said that he had had a buzzing sound in his ear, but it turned out it was a dead bug.
Hanich says ear wax will actually kill a bug if it gets into a person's ear.
He added that the wax has stuff in it that will repel bugs from getting into the ear in the first place--it omits an odor that repels insects.
For more information: http://www.ehow.com/about_5157480_ear-wax-comes
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