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Strep throat still spreading its wrath

Strep throat still spreading its wrath

As spring has been indecisively making its way into the area and temperatures have been yo-yoing, an uninvited yet familiar guest has arrived to wreak havoc on the health of both the young and old in Weakley County.
According to Nurse Practitioner Jack Baltz of the Martin Specialty Clinic, he and other staff members have recently seen a rise in the number of cases of strep throat.
The illness, Baltz says, has a sudden onset and includes; besides the expected extremely sore throat, a fever of about 101 degrees and an accompanying headache.
“If anyone exhibits these symptoms, he or she needs to go to the doctor for an evaluation and a screening,” Baltz recommended. “Strep throat does not get better without antibiotics.”
Strep throat is a type of pharyngitis caused by a streptococcal bacteria infection. According to statistics, it is the culprit of approximately 37 percent of sore throats among children. Highly communicable, strep throat is spread through coughing, sneezing or even simply breathing. Other people breathe in droplets containing strep bacteria and incubation of full strep throat takes from two to five days.
“A bad cold may have accompanying clear drainage that goes down the throat plus a cough and a fever. If this lasts more than a week, the person needs to seek treatment, but strep throat starts with a sore throat and a headache and just continues to get worse,” Baltz continued.
Doctors once administered penicillin shots because it was thought that antibiotics were not absorbed well in the G.I. system. Today’s improved antibiotics, however, are more absorbent and the shot is not the only means to the cure.
“We can now do a Z-pack and penicillin by the pill and they work just a fast as the shot does,” Baltz admitted. “When the person’s throat is too sore for the person to swallow, they can still have the shot.”
When spring enters full blossom, Baltz cautions that allergies will kick in full swing.
“Cars will be covered in yellow and allergies and sinuses will begin to act up. Stay on top of the allergies. Warmer air is less dense and the pollen is able to float around in it more easily. People will experience more symptoms of allergies and will need to look to medications like Claritin and Zyrtec,” Baltz remarked.
Baltz recommended that a person who knows he or she will be outdoors for a lengthy period of time mowing the grass or doing a similar chore take an allergy medication before beginning the task.
Winter season is known as flu season and summer is known as trauma season. Baltz will explain this further in an upcoming article. 

WCP 4.05.11

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