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Bed bugs, strep throat going around Kentuckiana

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By Lori Lyle - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Bed bugs are biting in Kentuckiana. In our weekly check of 'What's Going Around' Pediatrician Judy Theriot with UofL Pediatrics says she's treating tons of kids with bed bug bites. 

The bugs cause red, itchy bumps with several bites in the same general area. This is called the breakfast, lunch and dinner sign.

The bugs are larger than fleas and lice so they're easily seen. A red-brown in color and 3 to 5 millimeters in size. They don't like light and hide out in furniture during the day. But they're attracted to warmth and carbon dioxide which are both produced by humans during sleep and that is why they feed during the nighttime.

Dr. Theriot says to treat these bites like any other insect bite with antihistamines and steroid creams, but watch for signs of infection. To get rid of the bugs throw out bedding and get the home treated with appropriate bug spray.

Also this week, strep throat is showing up in a couple of areas. In Valley Station, UofL Pediatrician Melissa Hancock says the symptoms include fever, severe sore throat, possible rash, nausea, vomiting and white spots on the back of the tongue or tonsils. She says the treatment is antibiotics so the child must see the doctor. Also she says, the child should remain home and out of school for 24 hours after starting treatment and after fever breaks.

Dr. James Brewer with Jewish Physician Group in Mount Washington is diagnosing strep throat too. He adds to the list of treatments with the advice to drink plenty of fluids. He says fluids are vital for getting through this illness. He also suggests Tylenol or Ibuprofen to help with the fever, swelling and aches. And gargling with warm salt water every few hours.

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