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What's going around: strep throat and colds

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—In this week’s What’s Going Around, doctors are seeing cases of strep throat, colds, and sinus issues.

Rachel Faleide, with Cavalier County Memorial Hospital and Clinics in Langdon is treating cases of strep throat in kids.

Fever, pain when swallowing, and sore throat are the main symptoms.

Lots of kids also have colds, some lasting up to two weeks—many do not require an antibiotic.

In Grand Forks, Doctor Colleen Swank with Altru is also seeing lots of sore throat.

Patients often have runny nose, cough, and fever too. Treat with Tylenol or ibuprofen, throat lozenges for older children, and warm fluids to sooth throat pain—antibiotics are not needed.

If your child has a fever lasting more than 24 hours with no other cold symptoms, is not able to drink water, having trouble swallowing or breathing, or isn't improving after two days, bring them in for treatment.

Stephanie Hinkle from Sanford Health East Grand Forks Walk in Clinic is still treating cough, cold, and lots of sinus issues.