Bed bugs are biting in the Metro. In the past couple of weeks, Dr. Robert Beer in West Omaha has seen several cases of bed bug bites. They appear as small, reddish, pimple-like spots on the chest, back , abdomen, arms and legs. The bites usually resolve in a few days without treatment. Tepid baths or showers are soothing - and over-the-counter topical steroids like 1% Hydrocortisone and antihistamines like Benadryl help ease itching. For more persistent or uncomfortable cases, see your doctor. Be sure to check the bedding for the tiny, red-brown bed bugs. If found, contact an exterminator and wash bedding and clothing in hot water and detergent.
In Bellevue, Dr. Steve Sindelar is seeing children with eye infections. There is redness and parents may notice some mattering of the eyes when the child first wakes up in the morning. The mattering, and green goopy discharge, are signs of a bacterial infection - which is likely to cause tearing or a watery eye. Viral infections won't respond to eye drops. Your doctor can prescribe eye drops when the infection is bacterial. If your child is experiencing eye pain or has recently suffered an eye injury, talk to your doctor to make sure there's not a more serious issue.
And for the second week in a row, Strep Throat is going around. Now it's showing up in Council Bluffs. Dr. Mel Roca is seeing plenty of children and a few of adults with the illness. Symptoms include: Burning sore throat, red - swollen tonsils - sometimes with white patches on them, headaches, difficulty swallowing and sometimes vomiting. If a child has these symptoms - minus a cough, they will need to see their doctor to get tested. Symptoms get better, faster with antibiotics. Take the entire prescription - even if you start to feel better. It is contagious - so frequent hand washing is a must. Kids can return to school 24-hours after taking antibiotics - if they've been fever-free for the same duration.