AUSTIN (KXAN) - Summertime brings a whole new slew of illnesses doctors see in patients. With more people in pools and lakes during the hot weather, doctors see more cases of swimmer's ear. It is basically an infection of the outer ear canal. The Centers for Disease control says swimmer's ear results in an estimated 2.4 million health care visits every year.
Doctors are seeing more swimmer's ear at Scott and White's Urgent Care at Hester's Crossing in Round Rock. Dr. Clarence Williams II says it happens when bacteria gets trapped in the ear while the inside of the ear is moist. If the swimmer's ear is bad enough, it can damage the soft tissues in the ear canal. The first symptom is most often pain.
"Severe pain usually depending on how bad the infection is," said Dr. Clarence Williams II. "You can even have closing off of the ear canal itself because of the swelling that you have as well."
Dr. Williams reminds patients to dry out the ear after being in the water but warns against using q-tips or cotton balls. To treat swimmers ear, patients generally are given antibiotic ear drops.
Health alert about west nile virus
Both the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Austin-Travis County health department put out warnings this past week about West Nile Virus, a mosquito borne illness. There has been a higher than usual number of cases in people in Texas this year because of the warm winter and recent rains.
Statewide there have been 111 human West Nile virus cases and one death reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services this year. Most of those cases are in north Texas, but we have one case here in Travis County. It is a good reminder to protect your family from mosquitoes.
Other things going around
Austin Regional Clinics
Dr. Christopher Collins
* Bug bites
* Strep throat
* Upper respiratory infection
St. David's North Austin Medical Center
Dr. Michael Nguyen
* Upper respiratory infections
* Traumatic injuries
St. David's Georgetown Hospital
Dr. Johnathan Conner
* Sinus allergies
* Sore throats
* Summer-related heat issues
St. David's Emergency Center
Dr. Corey Jones
* ATV accidents
Heart Hospital of Austin
Dr. Whitney Bludworth
* Blood clots
* Physical injuries
St. David's Medical Center
Dr. Ann Buchanon
* Virus (nausea, vomiting, dizziness)
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
More than 100 trees covered in lights now shine bright throughout Zilker Park. The Trail of Lights is open for another season.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Travis County non-profit Center for Child Protection will benefit next March from an all day fundraiser at the Circuit of the Americas that will see plenty of donors racing on the track.
Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.