Doctor: Nasty cold cases on the rise

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The cold is apparently heating up here in the Midstate. One area doctor says he sees over two dozen cases a day.

The sore throat, congestion and coughing brought on by a number of viruses have bothered and knocked some down for the count in a spike over several weeks, according to one doctor with AllBetterCare in South Middleton Township, Cumberland County.

“This is definitely much more severe than last year,” Dr. Peter Kang said. “There just maybe a particular strain of virus that is more prevalent this year than last year which might be causing more symptoms.”

“Most upper respiratory infections we’ve been seeing have just been really bad viruses floating around community,” he continued. “And, unfortunately, there’s not a lot you can do for a virus. You just have to let your body beat it on its own naturally.”

Dr. Kang says he has seen some bacterial infections as well. Making matters worse is the widespread flu.

“Just because we’ve seen so many flu cases. and when you have the flu one of the complications having the flu is also having a concurrent respiratory tract infection as well,” Kang said.

Those already sick should cover their cough.

Those fighting to stay healthy should wash their hands and disinfect surfaces.

Dr. Kang says he washes and sanitizes his hands about 100 times a day.

It is difficult to determine exact numbers of cold cases. Agencies, such as the Pa. Department of Health,  do not track upper respiratory infections.

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