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What's Going Around: Strep Throat, Scarlatina Rash, Fifth Disease
Did you know a rash can be a sign of strep throat? News 5's Ginger ten Bensel tells us why in this week's edition of "What's Going Around."
Doctor Janice Kutilek with the Grand Island Clinic says that strep throat is back in the air.
She's seen several patients with the illness.
She also had one patient come in with a scarlatina rash. She says it's a red bumpy rash that feels like sandpaper. Kutilek says it's one of the symptoms of strep throat that the patient may or may not get.
Other symptoms include a fever, sore throat, and swollen glands.
She says that she worries about tonsillitis when the fever is higher than 101 degrees.
She's also seen patients with fifth disease also known as slapped cheek. Symptoms include a rash and many patients end up with rosy red cheeks.
Doctor Michael Hanich with the Kearney Clinic says he recently saw a man who had surgery on his leg and was then short of breath. He ended up with a blood clot on his lung.
Hanich says it's a reminder: if you are short of breath after surgery you need to see your doctor immediately.
The possibility of blood clots is why medical professionals have you get up and walk after surgery.
Hanich went on to say that if you are flying for several hours it's important to get up and walk around on the airplane every hour to avoid blood clots.
Most airlines also provide booklets with exercises to follow.
Hanich says that some people need to take a baby aspirin before they get on the airplane as well to avoid the potentially fatal problem.
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