What’s making people sick in Middle Tennessee?

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What's making people sick in Middle Tennessee?

A quick glance at your Facebook news feed will likely find some of your friends are dealing with an illness.

Upper respiratory symptoms have sent many people to their physician, kept some home from work and has been passed from one family member to another.

“It started out with a sore throat. The throat felt like it had razor blades scraped down it,” said Elizabeth Potts, director of the Maury County Regional Library. “Then it started with the congestion and swelling of the mucus membranes. To the point there was no air going in or out.”

Potts calls it the crud, but doctors say it could be several things.

“There's been a surge of tree pollen believe it or not,” explained Dr. Robin Lapre, a physician at Maury County Regional Medical Center's First Stop Urgent Care. “If you look around you can see some of the buds on the trees. So we're having a lot of people come in with red eyes and sniffly noses, and it's actually allergies.”

Lapre says other things are in the air too.

“We are seeing the stomach bug. A lot of people are coming in with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. It usually goes away in a couple of days,” she said.

Dr. Lapre said allergies can often be treated with over-the-counter medicals such as decongestants and anti-histamines.

The common cold and stomach virus, she says, are self-limited.

“It's usually transmitted through the air or hand contact, so that is contagious. It runs its course without antibiotics.”

Lapre says noro-virus is a stomach bug that some may be suffering from, but doctor's offices don't usually test for it.

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