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What’s Going Around? – July 1, 2014

Introducing our What’s Going Around segment, where we discuss common minor health issues and ailments folks are having across our patient population.

Yoon Sin Kim, DO, at Scott & White Round Rock Urgent Care Clinic at Hester’s Crossing is seeing an increase in patients with:

  • Common cold viruses that cause upper respiratory infections, particularly Rhinovirus. These viral illnesses are typically treated with over-the-counter medications specific to the symptoms that are bothering the patient, like decongestants for congestion or cough syrup for cough, as well as rest and hydration.
  • Strep throat infections. This is treated with antibiotics, like penicillin or amoxicillin, or alternatives if a patient is allergic to these.
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms, most commonly viral gastroenteritis. Viral causes are typically treated with hydration and a bland diet. Anti-nausea and vomiting medicines can be prescribed, and over-the-counter medicines can be taken for some cases of diarrhea. IV fluids can be administered for dehydration.

 Prevention Tips from Dr. Kim:

  • Try not to share food and drinks or kisses with those who may be feeling sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbow or a Kleenex if possible and wash hands frequently.
  • Always wash hands after using the bathroom and before preparing food.
  • Make sure food is cooked thoroughly and stored appropriately.

Here at Urgent Care, we expect we will soon see more cases of insect bites, rashes and musculoskeletal injuries. Depending on the weather and humidity, heat-related illnesses can be more of a concern, but this summer has been mild compared to previous years.

With Fourth of July approaching, it’s important to emphasize safety with firecrackers or sparklers to prevent potential burns and eye injuries. Also remember: alcohol and fireworks do not mix.

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What’s Going Around? – July 1, 2014