What's bugging you? A look at what viruses are visiting our area

Reported by Melissa Voetsch email

Michael Mattin, MD

Emergency Medicine, Fostoria Community Hospital

Illness/Condition Upper Respiratory Infections, including bronchitis (usually caused by virus)

Symptoms Scratchy or sore throat, sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, cough, watery eyes, ear congestion, slight fever, fatigue, headache, loss of appetite

Easy remedies Acetaminophen, ibuprofen or other over-the-counter pain relievers, plenty of rest and fluids

Illness/Condition Strep Throat

Symptoms Fever, stomach pain, red swollen tonsils

Easy remedies Acetaminophen, ibuprofen or other over-the-counter pain relievers and fever reducing medications

*Contact your health care provider - he/she may prescribe antibiotics

Illness/Condition Gallbladder Attacks (common during holiday season)

Symptoms Chest pain in right side, nausea or queasiness, frequent vomiting and gas, may be belching and burping

Easy remedies Seek an evaluation from your health care provider - he/she may suggest a low-fat diet

Beverly Scholler, MD

ProMedica pediatrician

Illness/Condition Asthma (reactive airway disease)

Symptoms Wheezing (high-pitched noise heard when breathing out), shortness of breath and cough

Easy remedies Bronchodilators (i.e., Albuterol) open up small airways in lungs, steroids inhaled or orally prescribed for worsening asthma

Illness/Condition Croup (viral Illness causing swelling of vocal cord area)

Symptoms Hoarseness, barky cough, difficulty breathing, the smaller the child, the more difficulty breathing, usually occurs in middle of night when child wakes up with hoarse cough (sounds like a seal)

Easy remedies Humidity, 10-15 minutes in misty bathroom, also, taking child out at night to breathe in cool night air may help, if breathing problems persist, seek medical attention, steroids may be needed

Dr. Robert Foldvary, pediatrician at Mercy Hospital of Defiance:

1.) Seeing numerous cases among preschoolers of a flu-like virus with

upper respiratory symptoms such as cough, congestion and possibly sore

throat and/or gastrointestinal symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and

loss of appetite.

2.) Seeing some infants with RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), an

important cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia. So far, the cases have been

mild and have been responded well to outpatient treatment.

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

1.) Continue to see bronchiolitis and cold like viruses

2.) Scabies--rashes and lesions between the hands and feet. Can cause

intense itching. See a physician who can prescribe lotion and/or oral

medications as needed.