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Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Each Wednesday, NewsChannel 9 checks in with local doctors to find out What's Going Around. And because the winter illness season is kicking into high gear, doctors joined us live in our newsroom for an in depth look at how you can keep yourself and your family healthy this season.
As for What's Going Around this week, Doctors in Camillus are seeing colds with secondary ear infections. Other children have ear infections with pink eye. An oral antibiotic usually takes care of both. You don’t need to treat pink eye separately. Sore throats, both strep and viral, are also going around.
In Cicero, Dr. Teraska is seeing a lot of coughs, bronchitis and ear infections.
In Auburn, croup is going around, as well as strep throat and pneumonia.
Doctors at Living Proof Longevity Center in Fayetteville are treating bronchitis, upper respiratory infections with cough and congestion, strep throat and fevers.
With strep throat going around in so many communities right now, parents often wonder how to tell the difference between strep and a viral sore throat. Doctors say strep throat is really red and beefy looking, with little red dots on the palette. Strep throat also comes on suddenly and it’s a severe sore throat, not just a scratchy throat. Unlike a viral sore throat, there are no cold symptoms, no sneezing and no coughing. Strep throat is also accompanied by a fever of 101 or higher. Strep throat may also cause the glands to swell, but the only way to know for sure is to see your child's doctor for a test.