What’s Going Around: Oddly enough, winter viruses

WellSpan Pediatric Medicine Doctors in Central Pa. see, interestingly enough, many winter viruses such as RSV and croup. They have also seen many cases of gastroenteritis and non-COVID upper respiratory infections.

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Physicians Roseville Pediatrics reports many viruses that are not COVID-19, ear infections, swimmer’s ear, and croup.

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dr. Joan Thode gave the following advice on viruses and post-nasal drainage:

“Once a virus causes symptoms of runny nose, congestion, fatigue, cough and sore throat, it takes the immune system three to five days to fight and kill the virus. During that process, not only does the virus create mucus in the nasal passages, but the efforts of the immune system also create some mucus as a defense mechanism. This mucus is discharged quite slowly and the path of least resistance for nasal mucosa is in the throat. Post-nasal drainage causes babies, toddlers, and children to cough and cough and sneeze.

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The cough and wet sound of the cough increase at night as gravity causes the mucus to collect in the horizontally lying infant instead of constantly draining in small amounts. This is why the cough is usually a lot worse at night. The post-nasal drainage and cough may slowly decrease over seven to 10 days after the other cold symptoms have gone away. This is known as a ‘prolonged cough’.

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As long as the initial active, heavy nasal discharge improves after four to seven days and the prolonged cough continues to slowly improve without a fever or increased work of breathing, it’s okay to watch it for a week or two. Reasons to take your child to a medical evaluation include: fever for five consecutive days, shortness of breath or increased difficulty breathing, fever that returns before cold symptoms have completely disappeared, cough that does not improve after two weeks, and nasal drainage that returns after getting almost all better.”

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This week, pediatricians at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital are seeing patients with summer colds and upper respiratory viruses, and some cases of COVID-19.

Pediatricians at Penn State Health Medical Group locations in Cumberland County deal with summer colds, hand, foot and mouth disease, ulcers and allergies.

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