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Clinics Staying Busy

April 1, 2011, 6:10 PM by Kelli Grant

Clinics Staying Busy
SIOUX FALLS, SD - If you took a sick day in the past few weeks, you're not the only one. Clinics across KELOLAND have been very busy this spring and the viruses infecting many continue to circulate.

If you've noticed a little longer wait at the doctor's office lately, it's probably because doctors are doing their best to squeeze everyone in.

“I don't know if it's the weather or why it is. I think you just have these trends sometimes,” Sanford Pediatrician Dr. Scott McKercher said.

Compared to last winter, doctors say this year has actually been pretty mild illness wise that is up until March.

“This past month, it's been pretty busy; prior to that, it really hasn't been a bad winter. It's been a relatively lighter winter for us. But this past month or so it has picked up quite a bit,” McKercher said.

So what bugs are doctors seeing?

“There's just a variety of different things right now. Respiratory wise we're seeing some respiratory viruses, particularly RSV,” McKercher said.

RSV, or respiratory syncitial virus, has made a resurgence within the last few weeks. It's typically a virus that disappears in late spring.  But it's not the only thing going around.

“A lot of kids with vomiting and diarrhea from a variety of different viruses. We're seeing more rotavirus and some bacterial things as well,” McKercher said. 

Strep throat is also still making its rounds.

“This has been kind of an interesting year. I’ve seen more strep this year than I usually see,” McKercher said.

So when is it time to see a doctor? If your child doesn't have a fever and is breathing normally, try to manage the illness at home with plenty of rest, fluids and fever-reducing medication.

“The only exception to that is influenza because if you want to treat influenza, you have to really catch it within the first 24 hours,” McKercher said.

The good news is the number of people coming down with the flu is starting to taper off.

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