Alarming ailments going around Kentuckiana as July ends

By Lori Lyle - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A couple of alarming illnesses are making the rounds in Kentuckiana including one that can hospitalize even the healthiest individuals when left untreated.

At Mount Washington Medical Associates, Dr. James Brewer with Jewish Physician Group is diagnosing cases of pneumonia. He says the symptoms include shortness of breath, a cough that gets progressively worse at night, pain or discomfort in the chest and a fever. The treatment is antibiotics and Dr. Brewer says a antibiotic shot may be needed along with oral antibiotics. Additionally, patients need plenty of rest and hydration.

Another real concerning illness being reported this week is a viral infection in primarily babies ages 3 months to 36 months. Pediatrician, Dr. Judy Theriot at UofL Children & Youth Project says she's seeing a lot of Roseola right now. It starts with a fever of 101 to 103 that lasts about 3 days.

About 24 to 48 hours after the fever breaks a red, bumpy rash appears all over the body. Dr. Theriot says the rash doesn't itch or bother the children but it can be frightening to parents. She says to treat the initial fevers with the appropriate dose of Tylenol and the rash should go away in 48 hours after it appears.

Dr. Christina Breit with Dupont Internal Medicine and Jewish Physician Group is reporting gastroenteritis this week. The symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and a low grade fever. Dr. Breit advises to stay hydrated and call a doctor if it continues to the point of needing prescription support.

Dr. Breit is also treating people with a lot of summer allergy problems right now. She says to try antihistamines and a nasal steroid. If those don't help them call the doctor for additional treatment options.

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