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What's Going Around: Warning about sun damage to eyes, the flu already, and allergies

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EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Parents know as the kids go back to school, they often return with more than just homework. To help keep your family healthy, here's What's Going Around.

Rachel Faleide, Nurse Practitioner with Cavalier County Memorial Hospital and Clinics, says she's seeing lots of allergy symptoms. Common complaints are sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, plugged ears, cough, or sneezing. If you suffer from COPD or asthma, you can have your medicine adjusted to provide relief.

She's also seeing strep throat, not just in children. Symptoms include sore throat, fever or chills and pain when swallowing. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the heart valves and lead to long term effects.

It may seem a little early, but she's also seen the county's first case of flu this year. She advises patients to get the flu shot, practice good hand washing and always cover your cough.

At the Sanford Health East Grand Forks Walk-In Clinic, Stephanie Hinkle is treating patients with bee and wasp stings. Not everyone reacts the same to stings so it is important to watch for life-threatening reactions, such as feeling faint or passing out, difficulty breathing, swelling of the tongue/wheezing or a cough. Onset of serious symptoms can occur within seconds and usually within 20 minutes, and medical attention is needed immediately.

Finally, we hope this isn't going around. After the eclipse many doctors are noting that staring at the sun for more than a second or two can cause permanent damage. If your eyes are damaged, you may experience blurred vision within the next few days, and eye swelling. An eye doctor can properly diagnose whether or not you've damaged your eyes.