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Pink eye, ear infections keeping doctors busy

What's Going Around week of Sept 12, 2016

Pink eye and ear infections keeping doctors busy
Pink eye and ear infections keeping doctors busy

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – School's been back in session for a few weeks, and there is one particular diagnosis many local doctors have been seeing- pink eye. Pink eye is making its rounds in almost all our local counties.

That includes Duval County. Doctors at the Care Spot on the Southside have seen a number of patients with flu-like symptoms, but the main story is pink eye.

In Clay County, at the Care Spot in Middleburg, they're also keeping a close eye on pink eye. Their reminder to everyone is that it is highly contagious. If someone you know has been diagnosed with pink eye, you need to be extra cautious. That means- frequent hand washing, and avoid sharing towels or washcloths.

Make sure you wash pillowcases, sheets and towels often and use hot water and detergent. The center has also just received a fresh batch of flu vaccines for anyone who wants to get a head start on flu prevention.

In St. Johns County at the Healing Arts Urgent Care in St. Augustine, pink eye has been a problem as well as strep throat and bronchitis. A number of patients also have serious ear infections.To keep your ears from getting infected, doctors there recommend making a 50/50 mixture of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar. Add a couple drops in each ear after swimming.

In Nassau County at the Care Spot in Yulee, it's back to strep throat, bronchitis, and sinusitis.