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What's Going Around: Strep throat and allergies sending Tampa Bay kids to doctors

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - While allergies continue to make kids miserable, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is also going around.

Pediatricians in Hernando County tell 8 On Your Side they usually see RSV in the fall, which makes this timing a little unusual. 

RSV usually sickens babies and young children. It typically has cold-like symptoms that take 1-2 weeks to recover. There's really no medical treatment, so doctors say parents will need to let it run its course with their kids. 

Flu continues to decline, but strep throat is going around these days. Because allergies are so prevalent, doctors want to make sure parents know the difference when kids say their throats hurt. 

With strep throat typically comes a fever, so you'll want to take your kids to the doctor right away to get tested and put on antibiotics. Strep throat will also last longer than a sore throat from allergies. 

Allergies cause a scratchy throat and usually won't have a fever. 



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