What's Going Around: Sore Throats, Coughing And Bites
Friday, August 8th 2014, 9:54 PM CDT
Sore throats and coughing can be caused by a number of things including a viral infection, strep, sinus drainage, or allergies.
Go see your doctor if your sore throat, cough or drainage lasts longer than a week, if you develop a rash, a fever higher than 101, and joint pain or swelling in the neck.
Other doctors said bites from spiders, ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes, and snakes are still prevalent.
Spiders such as black widows or fiddlebacks turn bad quickly and require immediate evaluation and treatment.
Certain snakes require anti-venom, but some do not. If you're able to bring in the bug or snake, it helps tremendously.
Concerning signs include a fever, drainage at the bite, increasing inflammation, red streaks extending from the bite, and shortness of breath.
Remember, spray at least quarterly for insects, spiders, and snakes, and wear repellant and protective clothing when outdoors.
Examine yourself or others from head to toe, including children who have been playing outside.