What's going around the Cape Fear region?

Reported by Kim Ratcliff - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Good news from Carolina Pediatrics in Wilmington - they haven no reports of the flu virus.

The practice is, however, seeing a lot of coughs and colds, in addition to some wheezing and a respiratory virus.

A few cases of strep throat are going around and there have been several cases of viral sore throats with fevers.

Carolina Pediatrics in Wilmington recommends lots of rest and fluids to treat the viruses.  They also say to take pain and fever control medications like Tylenol or Motrin.

They don't recommend using cough and cold medications on children under the age of 2.

Sore throats need to be cultured to determine the need for treatment.

As always, frequent hand washing is the best way to prevent illness.

At Leland Pediatrics, doctors say they're seeing cases of strep throat in young children.  Symptoms include fever, sore throat, a hard time swallowing and poor appetite.

At the Columbus County Health Department, doctors are seeing sore throats but a viral version and not strep throat.  The treatment there is much different, including rest, fluids, gargling with warm salt water and taking Acetaminophen but no antibiotics.

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