While this week felt a little like fall, summer illnesses are still a concern for many Oakwood patients. Here’s a roundup of the warm-weather related ailments that Oakwood physicians treated this week:
- Jerald Purifoy, MD at Oakwood Healthcare Center – Southgate
has seen several pediatric patients with Hand, Foot and Mouth disease, as well as Herpangina. These are both common summer infections causing fever, sore throat, rash, mouth sores, vomiting and diarrhea. Caused by viruses, neither illness can be treated with antibiotics. It’s most important for parents to relieve their child’s pain and ensure that he or she drinks plenty of fluids. Be sure to call your doctor if your child has a fever that is very high or persistent, mouth sores or sore throat that lasts for more than five days or symptoms of dehydration.
Hand, Foot and Mouth disease and Herpangina can cause mouth sores and a sore throat.
- Dr. Purifoy also saw many different types of summer ailments, including: swimmer’s ear, rashes from poison ivy, swimmer’s itch and lacerations resulting from outdoor summer activities.
- Additionally, the doctors at Oakwood Southgate treated a high number of patients with a cough, caused primarily by allergic bronchitis.
- In the Critical Care Unit at Oakwood Hospital – Southshore, doctors are seeing pneumonia in patients with existing lung diseases, such as asthma.