Staying healthy for the holidays

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. -- Holidays are not so cheerful when you have a runny nose and fever. That is why it is so important right now to take care of yourself and your family.

Bobbe McKinney knows firsthand what it's like to deal with illness during the holidays. The mother of five from Walnut Cove brought one of her kids to the doctor today.

"If one gets sick they all get it," McKinney said. "We've been sick before and when they are sick, they don't have any fun or joy."

Dr. Sherry Ryter-Brown says her office sees between 10 to 15 percent more patients this time of year.

"Everyone's hugging at all the social events so you end up kind of passing stuff along," Dr. Ryter-Brown said.

The common cold, flu, viruses and even the stomach bug are spreading around. Dr. Ryter-Brown is urging people to try to stick to their routines -- making sure you get plenty of sleep, hydrate, get your flu shot and wash your hands. If you have a fever, stay home. If it lasts for days, head to the doctor.

"What I'm worried about is something that could be prevented or treated pretty effectively, will get behind the eight ball and it could end up being something more serious and it might linger and go on too long," Dr. Ryter-Brown said.

Dr. Ryter-Brown says this is also the time of year when a lot of people may feel depressed. She says if anybody's mood is down, they should contact the doctor for treatment.