What’s Going Around: COVID-19, flu, strep throat

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Physicians Roseville Pediatrics reports COVID-19 and the flu this week. They also see RSV that causes bronchitis. Providers also treat many viral illnesses that are not COVID-19, strep throat, walking pneumonia, hand, foot and mouth disease, impetigo and a stomach flu.

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dr. Joan Thode gave the following advice about skin rashes.

“Impetigo is an infection of the skin with bacteria from the streptococcal family. It often appears on the face, especially in the corners of the nose and mouth, and can look like a red rash, often with a scab on it. The rind is often a yellow color, often described as “dried honey”. This rash, which can technically appear anywhere on the body, can be painful, although it often doesn’t bother the child at all.

Other breaks in the skin from cuts and scrapes, as well as other rashes such as eczema, can become infected with this bacteria, which can make healing difficult. Because our skin is naturally colonized with millions of bacteria, breaks in the skin can provide an opportunity for these bacteria to invade a small cut or even hair follicles.

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Any rash that crusts over, a rash that doesn’t get better after a week or so, or a rash that appears to be progressively redder should be evaluated by a doctor. Impetigo is treated with a topical antibiotic cream and sometimes with additional oral antibiotics, depending on the severity of the infection.

Because other rashes can also have different forms of crusting, such as fungal infections, psoriasis, and eczema, it’s always a good idea to have any kind of “scab” evaluated.

Any rash around the eyes should be discussed with a doctor immediately. Although relatively rare in children, shingles and herpes viruses around the eye would warrant a specialized evaluation by an ophthalmologist and prompt initiation of oral medications.”

This week, the CVS MinuteClinic in York saw more sick patients. They diagnosed strep throat, COVID-19 and several cases of influenza A.

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This week, pediatricians at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital are seeing upper respiratory tract viruses, adenovirus, strep throat, hand, foot and mouth disease, COVID-19 and the flu.

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