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What's Going Around? Feb 23

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF)-  From the flu -- to that crud in your chest there are a lot of nasty illnesses out there this week.  WMBF News has your look at what's going around.

 In Little River Dr. Ray Holt at Seacoast Primary Care said flu is dying down a bit.  He is seeing prolonged cases of bronchitis -- where symptoms improve after an antibiotic -- but the cough and chest congestion persist.  He is putting patients on an inhaler ... and prednisone to knock out the inflammation.

 In Myrtle Beach Dr. Ron Reynolds at Beach Urgent Care said there's an encouraging sign this week.

 He's seeing the first case of swimmers' ear -- an outer ear infection.  He said it's the medical world's version of Groundhog Day's Punxsutawney Phil.  So spring is just around the corner.

 Reynolds said when it warms up the ear is a good environment for bacteria to grow ... and you have to treat it with antibiotic ear drops.

 By the way, Dr. Reynolds is also still seeing a lot of flu cases.

  It's the same case at Family Medicine of Sayebrook in Surfside.  Dr. Karen Mahood is also seeing an increase in positive strep tests.  Symptoms are sore throat, fever, and in severe cases sores are on the back of the throat.  Strep needs to be diagnosed by a doctor ... and she says antibiotics will help treat it.

 Some sore throats also at Grand Strand Pediatrics Surfside Beach office, But Dr. Nick Colvard reported mostly viral upper respiratory illness -- with that sore throat, headache, congestion, cough and loss of voice.  This illness is viral -- so it's lots of fluids and rest to get better.

 Speaking of our kids -- we also checked in with Horry County Schools in Conway this week.

 Gail Moss, head of health services, surveyed the nurses and said flu is winding down.  However, they are seeing sore throats, some stomach flu, upper respiratory infections and seasonal allergies.

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