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What's Going Around Oct. 8, 2012

A lot of pharyngitis cases have been reported at the St. Vincent Clinic inside Walmart in North Little Rock and the clinic in Lonoke.
A lot of pharyngitis cases have been reported at the St. Vincent Clinic inside Walmart in North Little Rock and the clinic in Lonoke.

Nurse practitioner Lashond Hill and Dr. Ken Dill are seeing people with a sore throat, fever, headaches, joint pain and swollen lymph nodes.

If it's a virus antibiotic wont help. So you'll need to drink lots of fluids, gargle with warm salt water and use throat lozenges. You can take over-the-counter pain meds too.

If that doesn't help see a doctor.

Dr. Camille Braswell at St. Vincent Family Clinic on Rodney Parham is seeing cased of hypo-thyroidism.

That’s a condition where the thyroid gland doesn't make enough thyroid hormone. It can affect your metabolism, weight, breathing, body temperature, muscle strength and a host of other things.

The causes can vary from an autoimmune disorder to a bacterial or viral infection and some people are born with it.

See your doctor if you're feeling tired for no reason. There are treatments to get it under control..

Dr. Ralph Joseph says seasonal allergies are a problem at St. Vincent Family Clinic on University. They're mostly caused by pollen and mold spores.

It causes sneezing, coughing, congestion, itchy, running nose and watery eyes.

Symptoms can be minor or life-threatening. Your doctor can perform a test to figure out what you're allergic to - so you can avoid it.

Treatments vary from over-the-counter medications to allergy shots.

See a doctor if your symptoms happen the same time each year, last all year long or if you're just feeling really miserable.

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