What's Bugging You: Hacking Cough

(WTOL) - You can hear it echoing in the halls of schools and work-places already. That hacking caugh -- It tops every area list in this week's look at What's Bugging You.

Physician: Susan Clay-Hufford, MD, ProMedica pediatrician

Illness/condition: Respiratory viral infections

Symptoms: Sore throat, headache, cough and nasal congestion, some are experiencing fever at onset of illness

Treatments: Acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fever and muscle aches, a lot of rest, increasing fluid intake and eating nutritious foods help decrease the length of symptoms.

It is now recommended by the AAP to avoid the use of over the counter cold medicines to children due to their side affects. Many physicians suggest the ingestion of warm liquids such as teas and soup to aid in reduction of mucous production.

Adrian: Tatiana Masyk, MD, ProMedica Family Medicine

Illness/condition: Bronchitis

Symptoms: Cough, fatigue, chills, shortness of breath, joint pain, low-grade temp Easy remedies: If viral: antihistamines, cough medicine, plenty of fluids, Tylenol or Motrin. If bacterial: antibiotics, inhalers, plenty of fluids

Illness/condition: Upper-respiratory infections

Symptoms: Cough with colored mucus, fatigue, post-nasal drip

Easy remedies: If Viral: antihistamines, cough medicine, plenty of fluids, Tylenol/motrin. Bacterial: antibiotics, inhalers, plenty of fluids

Dr. Sanjay Mardolkar, pediatrician at the St. V's Children's Pediatric

Clinic at the St. Vincent Family Care Center:

Illness/condition: Skin infections

* Symptoms: boils with redness and/or discharge; sometimes slight fever; irritability

* See a pediatrician; prevention is practicing good hygiene including washing hands routinely

* Illness/condition: bronchiolitis

* Symptoms: runny nose; consistent cough; wheezing * If child is less than one year, contact pediatrician; monitor child's behavior and listen for wheezing.

* Illness/condition: vomiting and diarrhea

* Symptoms: vomiting and loose stools; not eating or drinking a lot as a result

* continue to feed your children but modify diet with more bland foods and drinks. It is not recommended that you give children juice or plain water as that may aggravate the symptoms. If child is of age, pedialyte is a good choice.

Dr. Robert Foldvary, pediatrician at Mercy Hospital of Defiance

Illness/Condition: Seeing numerous cases among children and teenagers of a flu-like virus

Symptoms: Upper respiratory-cough, congestion and possibly sore throat; May or may not also include gastrointestinal symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite ; seems to be hitting public areas, e.g., schools, pre-schools, baby sitters

Treatment: supportive therapy--fever control; keeping children out of school until fever breaks; rest and fluids. For gastrointestinal symptoms, reduced diet or clear liquids until symptoms abate.

Preventive measures include covering coughs and washing hands.

Illness/Condition: Continuing to watch and test for true flu

Illness/Condition: Seeing only isolated cases in infants of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), an important cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia.

Expect to see more as temperatures drop