July 14, 2011
Via Christi Clinic on Murdock
Via Christi Clinic Immediate Care physicians on Murdock continue to see patients with sinus infections. They are also seeing patients with ear infections and rashes.
Via Christi Clinic in Newton
Via Christi Clinic physicians in Newton are seeing patients with gastroenteritis. Symptoms include low grade fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Seek medical care if you cannot keep fluids down, have vomiting that lasts more than 48 hours, have blood in the vomit or stool, fever higher than 101 degrees, a swollen abdomen or right lower abdominal pain. The best preventive measure is good hand washing.
Pediatrics is encountering many patients with infected bug bites (chigger and mosquito). Besides minor skin infections, they have had several patients with abscesses which when drained culture out with MRSA (a strain of staph bacteria). There are no good-tasting liquid antibiotics to fight MRSA and only two bad-tasting ones, so kids under 9 years can be difficult to treat. Parents need to keep fingernails short and clean, clean all breaks in skin with hydrogen peroxide (MRSA is resistant to over the counter antibiotics), avoid scratching or thoroughly cover bug bites if child can’t control scratching. Use bug spray liberally when outside. See a doctor for bug bites which worsen after the first 48 hours, look like they have pus, hurt a lot or have rapidly increasing red areas. Parents should not try to pop pus-filled lesions at home as they can cause the infection to go deeper into the body and the pus is highly contagious.
Via Christi Clinic on West 21st
Via Christi Clinic physicians on West 21st are seeing patients with sore throats and ear infections. Many of the ear issues are from swimmer’s ear.