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What's Going Around: Pink Eye, Stomach Flu, and Sinus Infections

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(WDAZ-TV) -- A variety of things are going around this week.

Doctor Colleen Swank with Altru in Grand Forks tells WDAZ pink eye is going around. Eyes may turn pink or red, weep or ooze a gooey liquid, become itchy or burn, or get stuck shut, especially when you first wake up.

She said to get medical attention if your eye hurts, or if you still have trouble seeing clearly after blinking. If you do not have these problems, but think you might have pink eye, your provider might be able to give you advice over the phone. Also infants under the age of two years may need to be seen if they have pink eye and cold symptoms as sometimes there is also an ear infection at the same time.

If you know someone with pink eye, avoid touching their pillowcases, towels, or other personal items. Wash hands often.

It can be treated with antibiotic eye drops or gels.

Stephanie Hinkle from Sanford Health East Grand Forks Walk In clinic said she is treating the stomach flu.  Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, and diarrhea lasting for as long as three to five days, which is longer than the typical 24 to 48 hour stomach bug. Watch for signs of dehydration by comparing how much you drink and urinate with what is normal for you. Good hand washing will help prevent spreading of the illness. If you experience fevers, signs of dehydration, significant abdominal pain, or blood in your stools, consult your provider. She said patients often confuse the stomach flu with influenza. Influenza is a respiratory infection that can be prevented with a flu shot while the stomach flu affects your intestines.

Cindy Urbaniak with Kittson Memorial Healthcare said they're still treating colds and sinuses.

There have been a few cases of flu.

Rachel Faleide, with Cavalier County Memorial Hospital and Clinics in Langdon said she is treating sinus infections, she reminds us not everyone need antibiotics for this. She said many home remedies such as drinking increased fluids, nasal rinses, warm packs to the face, and decongestants are helpful at alleviating symptoms.

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