Doctors see increase in patients with respiratory infections - WKRN News 2

Doctors see increase in patients with respiratory infections

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Doctors throughout the Mid-State are seeing an increase the number of patients who are suffering from respiratory infections.

Dr. Joseph Gigante told Nashville's News 2 many of his recent patients are suffering from runny noses and fevers, as well as a lingering cough.

"[The lingering cough,] that's definitely something we're seeing a whole lot more of this year where the cough, instead of going away in a week or so, is lasting two or three weeks," he explained.

Rose Mary Smith has two young children and paid a visit to the doctor's office on Monday.

"Both of my young kids are sick and I wanted to find out what it was," she said, adding. "[My son] brought it home from school and passed it to his little sister."

Dr. Gigante said the best way for parents to treat the illness is to give their child Tylenol, Motrin or Advil if they are suffering from a fever.

He also encourages parents to make sure their child stays hydrated and gets plenty of rest.

Despite the increase in respiratory infections, Dr. Gigante said he has not seen many cases of the flu.

"It's been a very mild flu season this far. That being said, commonly we do see flu in February," he explained.

Dr. Gigante says it's still not too late to receive a flu shot.

Anyone who suffers from certain chronic medical conditions, pregnant women and children under the age of five are encouraged to get the shot.

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