Doctors say kids are battling sore throats and many are dealing with dry, itchy skin.
Dr. Mindy Lacey in Midtown says sore and Strep Throat is going around - mostly in adolescent children. If it's Strep - symptoms typically come on abruptly. Fever, headache, rash, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting may accompany the sore throat. Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck may also be present along with white patches on the back of the throat. For a sore throat, Dr. Lacey recommends: Rest, fluids, gargling with salt water and pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Antibiotics are used to treat Strep. Just remember to take the entire prescription - even once the symptoms are gone.
Dr. Mel Roca in Council Bluffs says dry skin continues to be a problem. His advice: moisturize daily and use the kind labeled "hypoallergenic." The more gooey the product, the better. He suggests creams over oils. Dr. Roca says you may need to cut back on your daily baths to just 2 to 3 times a week. Short luke-warm showers, using mild - cream-like soaps, like dove, can also help. just remember to apply your moisturizer right away. For dry hands, use petroleum jelly on your hands at bedtime and cover with soft, lined gloves. Dry skin can easily be irritated and infected. Here's what to watch for: Creeping redness, if the skin is tender to the touch or if the skin is hot to warm - warmer than normal. Steroids and Antihistamines may be prescribed to help with the itching.