Archive for 'What’s Going Around?'

MONO: Signs & Symptoms

Teenagers and young adults beware – Mono is What’s Going Around. Centra Care locations are reporting increases in cases of the virus.

Here’s what to look for:

  • Fever
  • Sore throat that lasts several days
  • Swollen lymph glands

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Infectious mononucleosis is an infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. The virus passes through saliva, which is why it’s sometimes called the “kissing disease.” Mono can also be spread by coughing or sneezing or sharing food or beverages from the same container or utensil. Mono is most often diagnosed ...

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Itchy Skin Can Ruin Fall Fun

Make the itching stop!! Centra Care docs are hearing that a lot lately. Allergic dermatitis is What’s Going Around.


There two kinds of contact dermatitis: irritant and allergic.

Irritant Contact Dermatitis is caused by contact with substances like detergents, pesticides or other chemicals. The reaction usually looks like a burn.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis is caused by exposure to which you have become allergic. Something like the metal in an earring, topical antibiotics or…

Poison Oak or Poison Ivy. Most people are sensitive to the plants’ ...

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Shooting the Wheeze: Treating Bronchitis

Are you coughing? Do you feel tired? Have a feeling of soreness or tightness in your chest? Then you may have What’s Going Around.

Centra Care locations report an increase in bronchitis cases. Acute bronchitis typically develops from colds and other Upper Respiratory Infections.

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Bronchitis is an inflammation of the large air passages in the lungs. It occurs when the lining in the airways becomes irritated and swollen. Symptoms of bronchitis include a dry cough that develops into a cough with ...

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Flu Season is Just Around the Corner

The latest Centra Care data shows “pockets” of influenza in area neighborhoods. While it isn’t widespread, it has the potential of blanketing Central Florida in the coming months. Centra Care physicians say it’s very common to see a small bump in flu cases in the fall, but not see a consistent larger amount of diagnoses until February.

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What’s Going Around has us saying ‘Ah-Choo!’

There are over 200 viruses responsible for the common cold; unfortunately some of those, particularly rhinovirus, are especially active right now. While colds are bothersome, they typically don’t warrant a visit to the doctor. But, Centra Care docs say other illnesses can develop as a result of a cold that do need physician care.

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Sunburn isn’t the only scorching injury to guard against

It’s been HOT this week. Centra Care physicians have been treating heat exhaustion a lot lately. By the time a person needs to seek medical treatment for heat exhaustion, they are typically suffering mild dehydration, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps or fatigue. ​

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HEAT EXHAUSTION – is a result of excessive amounts of water-loss and salt contained in sweat. So it’s extremely important to drink plenty of water or sport-drinks to remain hydrated.

The warning signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle ...
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Back to School Asthma Peak

Wheezing is the sound of the season. Centra Care locations are reporting an increase in the treatment of asthma patients this week.

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Sinusitis: It’s nothing to sneeze at

Suffering from a cold that just won’t go away? If your runny nose and cough are accompanied by facial pain and tenderness, you may have What’s Going Around – Sinusitis, a bacterial infection of the sinuses.

Centra Care physicians are seeing an increase in the number of patients with sinusitis.​

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Sinusitis occurs when one or more of the nasal passages are unable to drain due to inflammation. Many of symptoms of sinusitis mimic the common cold. In fact, sinusitis often starts ...

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Have a splitting headache?

Back to School can be filled with emotion, but for many it’s nothing but a big headache — literally. Centra Care locations usually notice more patients complaining of an aching head this time of year. ​

Centra Care medical director, Timothy Hendrix MD, says that the increase in headaches cannot be attributed to one main cause. In many cases, the headaches are triggered by nothing more than summertime fun (i.e. Brain Freeze!).

Here are just some of the reasons your ...

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Preventing Illness When Kids Go Back to School

When kids go back to school, parents quickly realize their little ones are stepping off the bus with more than just homework. School is the perfect environment for spreading germs. Every year around this time Centra Care physicians write lots of doctor’s notes for an array of illnesses, but a few top the lists of reasons for missing school: Upper Respiratory Infection (URI), followed by Pharyngitis, Otitis Media and Bronchitis.​

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