What's Going Around: Seasonal Allergies & UTI

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

October 8, 2012

If you're coughing or sneezing, it may be more than just the common cold. Also, doctors in Afton are treating more people with urinary tract infections.

In this week's What's Going Around Dr. Karen Starr of Martha Jefferson Internal Medicine says seasonal allergies are bringing more patients in.

Symptoms include nasal congestion, cough, runny nose, and itchy eyes, ears or nose.

When it comes to treatment, Dr. Starr recommends nasal saline spray, over the counter non-sedating antihistamines like Claritin or Allegra, and nasal steroid spray.

We're also checking in with Dr. Charles Cole of Afton Family Medicine and he says more patients are being treated for urinary tract infections.

Symptoms include burning with urination, frequency of urination, possible blood in urine, and lower back pain.

Dr. Cole recommends antibiotics, fluids and pain relievers for treatment.

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