Weekly roundup: What’s going around near you?


This week, Oakwood physicians have been seeing patients for a wide range of conditions, most of which are not contagious. Here’s a brief recap of what our doctors treated this week:

  • Rashmi Vasappa, DO at the Oakwood After Hours • Urgent Care in Southgate said that with more people doing outdoor activities, she has seen an increase in injuries

    Poison ivy can be most easily recognized by its three leaflets and red stem.

    such as fractures, sprains and splinters. In addition, she has had a lot more patients coming in with rashes, including poison ivy and bug bites. If you plan to spend an extended amount of time outside, don’t forget to use bug spray and be on the lookout for poison ivy – which is identifiable by its three leaflets and red stem. If you think you’ve come in contact with poison ivy, rinse your skin immediately with lukewarm soapy water.

  • The emergency department at Oakwood Hospital – Southshore in Trenton has been very busy treating patients with respiratory issues due to the humidity. Likewise, the critical care unit is reporting several cases of pneumonia, especially in patients who have existing conditions such as COPD.
  • Oakwood Southshore also reported an increase in trauma patients from car accidents, usually caused by texting while driving or other types of distracted driving. Oakwood nurses remind all drivers to pay attention and keep your cell phone in your purse or pocket, even at red lights. Plus, with construction on most major roads, drivers should be particularly astute.

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