What's Going Around - 4/4

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

April 4, 2011

From strep throat to an important reminder about biking we're telling you everything you need to know about common illnesses passing through Central Virginia.

This week we're checking in with Dr. Michael Sty of Spring Creek Family Medicine in Zion Crossroads. He says strep throat is what's going around in early April.

Symptoms include sore throat, low grade fever, swollen glands, headache, occasional rash and or inflamed tonsils. It's common in school-aged children and usually lasts about a week without antibiotics . With antibiotics it lasts much shorter.

Dr. Sty recommends antibiotics, salt water gargles, and over-the-counter Tylenol and Motrin. He also suggests patients stay out of school or work until they've been taking antibiotics for 24 hours.

Not only are we keeping track of common illnesses we're also staying on top of important reminders. As the temperatures start rising and more children are out riding their bikes, Dr. Sty wants to remind everyone to wear a helmet.

You can find out how to be properly fitted and what to look for at a free helmet demonstration on May 7.

The Spinning Lizards in Fluvanna will provide helmet demonstrations as well as bike safety tips. It will take place at Spring Creek Family Medicine at 9:00am.

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