Weekly roundup: Summertime illnesses

This week, Penola Garvin-Leslie, MD at Oakwood After Hours • Urgent Care – Southgate reported a few ailments that are common during warm summer months:

Swimmer’s ear is often caused by water that remains in the ear after swimming.
  • Dr. Garvin-Leslie said that she has seen many patients with swimmer’s ear. Swimmers ear is an infection in the outer ear canal, which runs from your eardrum to the outside of your ear. It’s often the result of bacterial growth, which can be caused by water that remains in your ear after swimming, or by putting fingers, cottons swabs or other objects in your ear. These objects can damage the skin lining your ear canal. Symptoms of swimmer’s ear include itching in the ear, redness, discomfort that is made worse by pulling on your ear and drainage of a clear, odorless fluid. 
  • Sinusitis has also been a common ailment this week. It is most often caused by the common cold. Other triggers include allergies, bacterial and fungal infections.
  • There have been many cases of strep throat, as well. Remember, proper hand washing can help prevent the spread of this and other contagious illnesses.

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