What’s going on: flu, COVID, strep throat, RSV

York’s CVS MinuteClinic reports flu, strep throat and fewer cases of COVID. Several patients were also diagnosed with secondary sinus and ear infections.

WellSpan pediatricians statewide are reporting flu, COVID, strep throat and other viral upper respiratory illnesses.

Pediatricians at Penn State Health are seeing a spike in flu cases and continue to see other respiratory illnesses like COVID and RSV. You also see sore throats, colds, and upset stomachs.

This week, UPMC Children’s Community Pediatrics providers in York and Spring Grove are seeing mostly influenza, RSV and viral infections, along with some cases of COVID-19.

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Physicians Roseville Pediatrics say they are still seeing a lot of flu and throat infections continue to be seen in large numbers.

RSV continues to decline despite seeing an increase in asthma exacerbations.

Many children get viral diseases one after the other, leading to a persistent cough and sometimes an ear infection.

dr Joan Thode offered the following advice on strep vs. viral pharyngitis:

“Both streptococcal bacteria and multiple viral infections can cause a sore throat, as can postnasal drainage.

Strep throat is often unrelenting; No matter what you do, the pain remains. A sore throat is often accompanied by headache and/or abdominal pain, sometimes nausea and vomiting, and sometimes fever. It does not usually come with nasal congestion or runny nose. However, strep often does not follow these rules. Sometimes a sore throat may present with just a sore throat, and other times it may present with a headache and abdominal symptoms without a sore throat.

It is important to treat strep because untreated strep can later have bad effects on the heart and kidneys. The test is a throat swab in a doctor’s office.

Viruses can cause inflammation in the throat walls and cause pain; and the typical increase in nasal discharge and postnasal drainage also contributes to a sore throat. Postnasal drainage often causes irritation in the throat, which can be relieved by drinking water or eating honey or lozenges.

In general, a sore throat that is unrelenting or lasts more than four days should be evaluated by your child’s doctor. If your child complains of a unilateral sore throat or refuses to drink fluids because of the pain, they should also be evaluated immediately.”

https://www.abc27.com/news/whats-going-around-flu-covid-strep-throat-rsv/ What’s going on: flu, COVID, strep throat, RSV

Brian Ashcraft

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