What's Going Around: Enterovirus, strep, gastroenteritis

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Updated: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 08:36:32 CST

The enterovirus and strep throat are going around. Swimmers ear is still causing a lot of trouble for some area swimmers. Just a reminder: you can't catch swimmers ear. It simply happens when you don't get all the water out of your ears once you get out of the pool. Dr. Janice Kutilek with the Grand Island Clinic says there is a difference between swimmers ear and an ear infection. With swimmers ear the ear is painful to the touch. With an ear infection the outside of the ear won't hurt. Kutliek is also seeing patients with gastroenteritis, strep throat, tonsillitis and enterovirus. Enterovirus usually affects children under the age of two. Symptoms of the illness include a flat pinpoint rash, a fever, and cold symptoms causing the child to be very fussy. Kutliek is also seeing children that are wheezing. It's caused by anything from bailing hay to smoke exposure. With the hot days of summer come summer injuries. Kutilek is seeing motorcycle burns. She says that with a mild burn be sure to keep it clean and get the dead tissue off, plus use a triple antibiotic. She says to see your doctor if you are having trouble getting the dead tissue off.