What's Going Around

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Local doctors are reporting a huge amount of illness this week. It's the second week in a row the flu has been going around.

Dr. Dennis Perry at Meridian Primary Care in Okemos is seeing a lot of flu cases.

Here are the symptoms:

--Intense body aches
--Sore throat

Most flu cases clear up without specific treatment after about seven to 10 days. The first three days are usually the worst. Rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fever control and to relieve body aches.

If you have flu symptoms and are at risk of complications, see a doctor right away.

Dr. Perry is also treating patients with the stomach flu. That's different than the flu; it's called gastroenteritis.

Symptoms are:

--Stomach cramping or discomfort,
--Nausea (with or without vomiting)

Fever is less common but you might have a low-grade fever not higher than 101 degrees.

To treat gastroenteritis, let your stomach settle by not eating or drinking for a few hours. Start with small amounts of fluids and gradually increase the amount every 20 minutes. Start a BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) diet after 24 hours of a liquid diet without vomiting.

See a doctor if you show signs of dehydration, which include: excessive thirst, dry mouth, little or no urine, severe weakness, dizziness or light-headedness.

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