Germs to work through summer vacation, doctor warns

Germs to work through summer vacation, doctor warns
(Source: KAIT-TV)

(KAIT/NBC) - Summer break is around the corner but don't let your guard down; kids can also spread illness in summer camps and daycares.

Viral infections commonly cause upper respiratory infections this time of year.

Runny nose, cough, congestion, and sore throats should clear on their own, but Dr. Stan Spinner says bacterial infections need to be treated with prescriptions.

It's important to be on the lookout for secondary infections, as well.

"It can lead into a secondary ear infection, which again is usually caused by bacteria. We would treat that," says Dr. Spinner. "It can lead to pneumonia and if it's a virus we can only treat the symptoms. If it's bacterial pneumonia, usually children will get sicker with that."

Look for fever, diarrhea, lethargy to signify a second infection.

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