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What's Going Around: Seasonal Allergies & Flu

March 25, 2013

From spring allergies to the flu, we're tracking what's going around in Central Virginia.

Dr. Charles Cole of Afton Family Medicine says spring allergies are going around.

The symptoms include nasal congestion, itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, malaise and dark circles under eyes known as “allergic shiners”.

He says the best way to treat allergies is by avoiding allergens but sometimes it’s not always possible. Cole suggests wearing a mask when going outside. Also, antihistamines and nasal steroids may be prescribed. Shots may be needed for severe allergies.

At Palmyra Medical Associates, Dr. Gabriel Spring, says influenza type "b" is going around. Symptoms include high fever and or chills, cough and body aches.

When it comes to treatment, Dr. Spring suggests drinking plenty of fluids. Spring says that if influenza type "b" is caught within 72 hours of the onset of symptoms, a doctor may prescribe Tamiflu to relieve fever and body aches. He also recommends taking ibuprofen.

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