Fifth Disease Makes Early Appearance & Time To Schedule Kindergarten Physicals

Now is the time to start thinking about kindergarten physicals. Dr. Steve Sindelar in Bellevue says you want to get an appointment on the calendar early, so you're not rushing to fit it in. The physicals can be completed any time within six months of the start of the upcoming school year. Kindergarten physicals include: Basic hearing and vision screens, a check of overall growth and development - and the status of the child's immunizations.

Dr. Mindy Lacey in Midtown is seeing kids with Pink Eye. Common symptoms include: Redness, itching, burning and discharge. Often a child will wake up with their eyes stuck with crusty, mattery discharge. If this occurs, take a warm wash cloth and pat the eye to remove the discharge. Then wash your hands because it is highly contagious. Most often it's caused by a virus. If it's caused by bacteria, it may require antibiotics.

It's an illness doctors usually see in the spring. Dr. Robert Beer in West Omaha says he's starting to see kids with Fifth Disease now. Fever, runny nose and a headache are common early symptoms. A red, "slapped cheek" rash appears about four to five days later - followed a day or two later by a "lacy', reddish rash on the trunk, upper arms and legs. The rash sometimes comes and goes for several weeks. It usually resolves on its own. Rest, fluids, and over-the-counter medication work best to ease symptoms. Topical, anti-itch preparations and oral antihistamines are sometimes needed. Once the rash fades, the illness is no longer contagious.

Dr. Mel Roca in Council Bluffs says some of his patients are complaining about sinus pain and infections. Nasal congestion, headache, pressure on on the forehead and cheeks - along with drainage and cough are common symptoms. It's best to treat to treat the symptoms at home first with some pressure releasing strategies like taking steamy showers to relieve congestion or using a warm towel pressed against your face and inhaling the warm air. Over-the-counter nasal saline rinses two to three times a day, prescribed allergy nasal sprays and decongestants can also be used. It's time to see the doctor if you have symptoms for more than two weeks,
you likely have a bacterial infection and need antibiotics - especially if you have a fever, facial pain or a headache.

About the Author...
Serese Cole
Serese is no stranger to the Midwest. She was born and raised in Kansas City and after years of moving from state to state - has called Nebraska home the last decade.

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