What's Going Around: Bug bites, tonsillitis, allergies

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Updated: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 08:33:42 CST

Some central Nebraskans continue to suffer from swimmers ear and bug bites. Tonsillitis and strep throat are going around in the Grand Island area. Dr. Janice Kutilek with the Grand Island Clinic said that every patient she saw one morning had a sore throat. Most of them had tonsillitis. With viral tonsillitis the tonsils are red, swollen, and filled with puss. That same morning she had two patients with strep throat. Strep throat can be treated with an antibiotic. Symptoms of strep throat include fever, sore throat, and vomiting. And with or without tonsils you can still get strep throat. Kutilek is seeing a lot of kids with swimmers ear plus a lot of people who are wheezing this summer. The wheezing is caused by colds and allergies. One patient ended up wheezing from being around a campfire too long. She also had a patient come in with appendicitis. Symptoms of appendicitis include a stomach ache, doubling over and vomiting, no desire to eat, and pain on the lower right side. Kutilek says if you have these symptoms you need to see a doctor. Plus Kutilek is seeing bug bites and spider bites. And she has seen several patients dealing with a skin rash caused by poison ivy.