Some vacationers are bringing back an unwanted souvenir - crampy, abdominal pain. Dr. Mel Roca in Council Bluffs says many of those affected have recently traveled outside the state and spent some time in the water. Along with the abdominal pain people are experiencing vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. The symptoms can be taken care of home and usually improve in 12 to 24 hours.The key is staying hydrated. Small sips of clear soup, clear soda or fruit juice mixed with water can help. You can give toddlers and infants Pediatlye. Offer bland foods like bananas, apple sauce or fruit, toast or saltine crackers for the first 24 hours. Avoid ice cream, pudding or jello- they all contain a lot of sugar - which irritates the bowel. You should also stay away from fried food and dairy for three days.See your doctor if you have a fever or bloody stool.
We typically don't think of flu shots in the middle of summer, but one local doctor says we should. Dr. Robert Beer in West Omaha says "multiple infections with variant influenza a viruses" have shown up in three states in recent weeks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone over six months of age be vaccinated against the flu each fall or late summer. FluMist is an option for patients between 2 and 50. There's a high dose flu vaccine available for seniors - with 80-percent higher antibody levels against influenza.
In Bellevue, Dr. Steve Sindelar is seeing an increase in Swimmer's Ear which causes tenderness and inflammation in the ear canal. If you pull gently but firmly on your child's ear lobe or outer rim of the ear - and they experiences pain and discomfort - you are dealing with Swimmer's Ear rather than a regular ear infection. Your doctor will likely recommend prescription ear drops. Swimmer's Ear should improve within three to five days of starting the drops. Dr. Sindelar recommends kids stay out of the water until the pain is gone.
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