Weekly roundup: Pneumonia, allergies and Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

Oakwood physicians are continuing to see patients with pneumonia and severe allergy symptoms this week, as well as a painful virus. Here’s the roundup of what’s going around near you:

  • Daniel Frattarelli, MD, a pediatrician at the Oakwood Pediatric Clinic in Dearborn, is seeing a lot of young patients with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. The ailment, which is caused by a virus, is common in children age five and younger and is characterized by sores on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet and inside of the mouth. It can be especially prevalent in the summer, because the virus thrives in hot weather. Spread easily through touch or saliva, the best way to prevent Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is with thorough hand washing and avoiding contact with other children who have the virus.
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    Thorough hand washing can help prevent the spread of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.

  • The Critical Care Unit in Oakwood Hospital – Wayne is reporting a high number of pneumonia cases.
  • Oakwood Wayne also reported that allergies are still a major problem, with many patients coming to the emergency department for basic respiratory problems due to high pollen and mold counts.

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