Going around: flu, sinus infections - WFLA News Channel 8

Going around: flu, sinus infections

As our winter weather continues, so do the illnesses that come with it.  

Here's what's going around our region this week...

Dr. Adam Lewis with Colonial Heights First Assist says he has seen several cases of flu, strep, and viral gastroenteritis.

Here is his recommendation:

"For flu prevention, first I would recommend those 6 months of age and older get vaccinated unless there is a contraindication. Next, I would recommend everyday precautions to avoid the spread of germs. Avoid close contact with individuals with flu-like illness. If you have a flu-like illness, try to stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever has resolved. When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth/nose with a tissue and then quickly discard the tissue. Frequent hand washing with soap and water is of utmost importance. If soap and water are not available alcohol-based hand gels are an acceptable alternative. Last, if you become ill, notify your doctor for further recommendations."

Dr. Addison Ward, a family medicine physician with Wellmont Medical Associates in Norton, has seen cases of sinusitis on a daily basis.

Here's what he says about sinus infections:

"Sinusitis, also known more commonly as a sinus infection, is inflammation of the nasal cavity and sinuses. The most common cause is a viral infection, which usually resolves in seven to 10 days and does not require antibiotics. Symptoms include pain or pressure over the cheeks and forehead, postnasal drainage, runny or stuffy nose, cough and ear pain or pressure. Treatment at home can include use of a humidifier, adequate hydration, saline nasal rinses and over-the-counter mucolytics, decongestants, and pain relievers.
If these symptoms are present for more than 10 days or if the symptoms worsen within 10 days after initial improvement, a bacterial sinusitis might have developed. Symptoms of bacterial sinusitis are often more severe and can include thick yellow or green nasal discharge, fever and even dental pain. Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial sinusitis and to prevent complications of the disease. Prescription nasal inhalers are also beneficial in the treatment. You should see your primary care provider if bacterial sinusitis is suspected."

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