Archive for 'What’s Going Around?'

Cold weather won’t keep head lice away

Get ready to squirm — Centra Care doctors are reporting that Head Lice is What’s Going Around.

Lice are parasitic insects that can be found on people’s heads and bodies. They survive by feeding on human blood.

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Lice infestations are spread most commonly by close person-to-person contact. Dogs, cats, and other pets do not play a role in the transmission of human lice. Lice move by crawling; they cannot hop or fly. Both over-the-counter and prescription medications are available for ...

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Is your voice out of order?

Maybe screaming at all those close football games, is to blame. If you woke up sounding hoarse or even have no sound coming out at all, there’s a good chance you have What’s Going Around – Laryngitis.

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Laryngitis is the swelling and inflammation of the larynx, also known as your voice box.

Causes
The larynx contains your vocal cords. When vocal cords become inflamed or infected, they swell. This can cause hoarseness. Sometimes the airway can get blocked.

The most common form ...

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Feeling off balance?

Feeling dizzy? Lightheaded? Off balance? Motion sick but you’re not moving? If you feel that the room is spinning, you have Vertigo.

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Centra Care physicians have reported an increase in patients with the type of Vertigo known as Peripheral Vertigo. Often caused by a viral infection like cold or flu, it involves an issue with the part of the inner ear that controls balance — the vestibular labyrinth or semicircular canals. The problem may also involve the vestibular nerve, which ...

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Lend me your ears…

Colds and Flu can lead to so much more. This week, ear infections seem to be the common fallout of all those sniffles, aches and sneezes. Centra Care locations are reporting a rise in the number of adults and children suffering from Otitis Media.

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Colds and Flu can lead to so much more. This week, ear infections seem to be the common fallout of all those sniffles, aches and sneezes. Centra Care locations are reporting a rise in the number ...

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Accidents & illnesses don’t take a holiday

As families and friends gather together for the holidays, Centra Care physicians offer up these tips to help avoid holiday illnesses and mishaps.

Food Poisoning

• Wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards often when handling meats and veggies.
• Bacteria are often present in raw foods… Fully cook meats and poultry and wash raw vegetables and fruits well.
• Foods that require refrigeration should never be left at room temperature for ...

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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.

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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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