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What’s Going Around has us Feeling the Itch

Itching? Scratching? Especially at night?

Centra Care data shows that cases of Scabies, an easily-spread skin disease caused by a mite, have increased in the past week across Centra Care centers.

The locations that reported the largest increases include –

●​ Leesburg – up 500%
● Lee Road – up 200%
●​ Temple Terrace – ...

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When it comes to flu shots, it’s all about timing

There are a few things to expect as the fall season approaches – pumpkin-flavored goodies, cooler temps and of course the flu. But despite the advertisements urging that now is the time to get a flu shot, health officials are advising folks to wait.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that holding off until October can help you stay protected for the entire flu season. But despite the recommendation one thing is certain – the flu is quite ...

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Allergies: the good, the bad, the sneezy

A Florida autumn is a welcome reprieve to intense summer temperatures. But even though our state lives up to its nickname most of year, the warmer weather also brings us longer and stronger allergy seasons.

Now through December, ragweed allergens are the itchy culprits for many allergy sufferers. The plant also brings on other symptoms that include:

• Scratchy throat
• Runny nose, nasal congestion, watery nose
• Fatigue
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What’s going around is highly contagious & a total eye opener

Your child wakes up in the morning with what only can be described as some sort of goop on their eyes. Fast forward a few hours later and you’re filling their prescription eye drops and running through a cleaning check list in your mind because your little one was indeed diagnosed with… pink eye. Also known as conjunctivitis, pink eye is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva which is the thin film that covers the inside of your eyelids ...

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Creepy, crawly back-to-school infections

Classes are back in session and parents know it’s only a matter of time before our kids start bringing home something you’ll hate more than homework.  Pinworms!  It really happens.  

Centra Care doctors want parents to be aware.  

These wiggly culprits are thin and white, and can measure in at about 1/4 to 1/2 inch in length. Pinworms don’t reflect on a family’s hygiene. They can infest any household – even actress Kristen Bell’s family went through a ...

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Why is my nose bleeding? 5 possible causes

Although they typically happen in children, adult nosebleeds can happen at any time. They can also be triggered by a number of reasons but for the most part they can be treated at home and should be no cause for concern.

Not sure what sprung the leak? Other than the obvious blow to the head, here are some common nosebleed culprits.

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Dry Air Don’t Care
Long winters and dry ...

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Stress could be what is making your child sick…

According to a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, stress levels reported by teens follow a similar pattern as adults, especially during the school year. So when marking off your back-to-school checklists this year, don’t forget to check off stress. 

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Know the Signs
First day jitters are common but when your child is not behaving as they normally do, Florida Hospital Centra Care doctors say it’s important to identify stressors. For some children, ...

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Flu Season: Too Soon?

Even though the 2017-2018 flu season are months behind us, the impact of this very busy season is still with us. Too soon do we forget the medication shortages of Tamiflu or the many tragic losses of those who died from influenza or its related complications.

In fact, last season Centra Care alone treated well over 10,000 flu patients.

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So how do we prepare?

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What’s Going Around? THE FLU. And it’s making it’s way towards us.

Australia and other parts of the southern hemisphere are in the middle of their flu season. Typically, health officials in the U.S. are able to gauge how mild or severe our upcoming flu season will be based on how countries like Australia fared.

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Even though their season is far from over, reports are starting to show that this year’s dominant strain is impacting some of the most vulnerable people. Flu case numbers ...

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Dramatic increases in ear infections across Central Florida

Otitis Media, or middle ear infection, usually occurs on the heels of a cold, flu, or any kind of upper respiratory infection (URI). And this year, Florida Hospital Centra Care physicians have seen a dramatic increase in summer colds. So it’s no surprise they’re also seeing an uptick of related complications like ear infections.

In fact, the following locations reported an increase in the condition: 


Sanford – up 800%
University – up 300% (kids)
Sand Lake – up ...

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