It's painful, makes it hard to swallow - and it's going around. Dr. Carey Ertz in Millard is seeing patients with Strep throat. Symptoms are: Swollen neck glands, painful swallowing, fever, headache and nausea or vomiting. Strep can be diagnosed by a throat swab and is treated with antibiotics. Parents can offer take Tylenol or Ibuprofen for the fever and pain - along with salt water gargles and lozenges for older children.Strep is contagious - at least until 24-hours after starting an antibiotic.
Dr. Steve Sindelar in Bellevue is seeing Eczema flare-ups. The dry, scaly patches tend to be the most common in infants and toddlers, but recent weather changes are setting it off in school-aged children, too. Most kids will see improvement with frequent use of a moisturizer. Dr. Sindelar prefers Aquafor. He cautions that some lotions can be more irritating than helpful. If the skin turns bright red following application, that moisturizer is not the right choice for your child. Older kids may also say it burns. Dr. Sindelar says our most common mistake is not applying the ointment often enough. Use it several times a day. Scaly patches that don't respond to regular ointment may need something a little stronger. Talk it over with the doctor. Severe eczema cases may require a visit to the dermatologist.