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What’s Going Around: The Kids Are All Ears

More than 3 million ear infections are diagnosed every year.

In fact ear infections, medically known as Otitis Media, are the second-most commonly diagnosed childhood illness in the United States (the Common Cold comes in first).

The following Centra Care Urgent Care centers saw the greatest increases in children:

Altamonte Springs: up 160%
Waterford Lakes: up 260%
Dr. Phillips: up 200%
Colonial Town: up 400%

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Otitis Media occurs when the ear lining becomes swollen, and fluid builds up ...

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Flu Season: Not Over Yet

Usually by this time of year, flu season has begun to wind down.

But Centra Care doctors have recently seen another spike in flu cases…and most have tested to been Influenza Type B.

The areas that have reported the largest increase include:

Altamonte Springs, Clermont, Longwood, South Orange: up 200%
Kissimmee, Waterford Lakes: up 300% (kids)
Mount Dora: up 500% (kids)
Sand Lake: up 400%

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The A,B,C’s of Influenza

Influenza viruses are classified as type A, B or C ...

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Ouch! How do you handle an injured eye?

It can happen in the sandbox, it can happen on the lawnmower, it can happen driving with the windows down…Corneal Abrasions have been a common complaint lately by patients seeking help from Centra Care docs.

Centra Care doctors have seen an increase in eye injuries over the past two weeks and they want you and your family to be aware.

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Debris in the eyes, if rubbed or left untreated can lead to corneal abrasion – a scratch on the protective covering ...

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Got a headache?

Oh, my aching head! Sound familiar?

Centra Care docs have seen an increase this week in headache complaints and they’re relating the upswing to the start of allergy season.

Three different types of headaches can be allergy-related:

1. Sinus Headaches (the kind you feel in your face)
2. Migraines
3. Cluster Headaches​

The following ares of town saw the greatest increases in headaches complaints: ​

Azalea Park & Winter Garden Village – up 200%
Hunter’s Creek – up 400%
Port Orange – up 250%

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People with asthma need extra TLC this flu season

A terrible flu season can be bad news for asthma sufferers. As flu cases are on the rise, Centra Care physicians have seen a significant increase in asthma patients.

Asthma is often triggered by a viral infection like a cold or the flu, two illnesses that are both showing high numbers these days. For those with asthma, what starts as a minor illness can quickly irritate your airway tubes and cause more serious symptoms.

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First comes flu, then comes…

Pneumonia and the flu tend to strike in the same seasons. And Centra Care locations are reporting that tendency now.

Most cases of pneumonia in adults are caused by a bacterial infection, while most pediatric cases are caused by viruses, including the flu, RSV and parainfluenza virus (which causes croup).

The following Centra Care locations have seen the greatest increases:

Winter Park – up 500%
Clermont – up 350%
Conway , Brandon & Orange Lake – up 200%

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Record breaking flu season expected

As flu case numbers around the state of Florida continue to increase, Centra Care physicians have already treated a record breaking number of confirmed flu patients this season. ​

Florida is just one a few states around the country where the flu is considered to be widespread, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The following locations saw an increase in patients treated for the flu last week:
Dr. Phillips – up 600%
Port Orange – up 400% (kids)
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Intestinal Infections: Thanksgiving Edition

Intestinal infections continue to be prevalent in many areas of Central Florida.

The following areas have seen an increase of patients treated for intestinal infections:

Waterford – up 300% (kids)
Orange Lake – up 250%
Oviedo – up 200%
Lee Road – up 700% (kids)
Winter Park – up 300% (kids)
University – 400% (kids)

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As we all gather together for Thanksgiving, Centra Care physicians offer up these tips to help avoid holiday illnesses and mishaps.​

You can ...

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Well, it’s official

The Flu is beginning to hit hard in our area. Last week, Centra Care doctors saw an overall 72% increase in adult cases and a 54% increase in pediatric cases.

If you haven’t already gotten a flu shot, DO IT NOW. The 2014-2015 flu vaccine will protect against several influenza strains that research indicates will be most common during the season.

Altamonte Springs – up 400% (kids)
Hunter’s Creek – up 750%
Kissimmee – up 400%
Lee Road – up 500% (kids)
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