PMB seeing ‘significant increase’ in viral infections in kids

2016-04-14 11:49


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Pietermaritzburg - Pietermaritzburg pharmacists and doctors have said there has been a “significant increase” in viral infections in children over the last few weeks.

A Pietermaritzburg doctor, who would not be named, said there had been a number of children coming into the practice who had been suffering from a viral infection.

Pietermaritzburg Duzimed pharmacist Yunus Chothia said he had seen a “significant increase” in parents coming in with their children all displaying similar symptoms of a cough, a blocked nose, red eyes and a high fever.

“There is no treatment for viral infections, the only thing to do is treat the symptoms,” he said.

He said that if the symptomatic treatments did not help in getting the child better, then parents should take their children to the doctor.

Alpha Pharm pharmacist Lizma de Jager said viral infections were common around the change of seasons.

“We have seen an increase in children with symptoms such as coughing, red eyes, blocked nose and fevers but we always see an increase at this time of the year.”

She said that if the symptomatic treatment given by a pharmacist did not work for the sick child and they did not feel better in two or three days then they should go to the doctor.

“It’s better not to wait too long to take them,” she said.


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