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Doctors see increase in patients suffering from summer colds


The end of summer vacation might be to blame for a number of people suffering from flu-like symptoms.

Nurse practitioner Marilyn Wyatt Harris told Nashville's News 2 it's not unusual.

"This is typical for this time of year when we have the end of the summer season and people are going back to school," she said. "People are coming back from summer vacation and going back to the work environment where those bacterial symptoms are spreading a lot as people are going back to those close quarters."

Harris treats patients at the Little Clinic inside the Kroger store off Old Hickory in Hermitage.

Doctors there said they are seeing patients with symptoms such as scratchy throats, upper respiratory issues and fever. They've also treated patients for pink eye and even one case of the flu.

"Children are in close quarters and they're spreading things back and forth, so you may have some of those viruses' even bacteria that they are spreading back and forth from person to person," Harris said.

Harris said many of the symptoms can be treated with over-the-counter medication but if symptoms persist for several days, is urged to contact their doctor or pharmacist.

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