What's Going Around

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An upper respiratory infection can lead to what's going around this week.

It's sinus infections that Nurse Practitioner Linda Eckerson at McLaren Greater Lansing - DeWitt Family Medicine is treating.

Primary symptoms include: facial pain or pressure, nasal stuffiness, nasal discharge, loss of smell, cough and congestion. You may also have a fever, bad breath, or dental pain, or be fatigued.

If you treat a sinus infection early at home, you might avoid having to go to the doctor for antibiotics.

Use nasal saline spray, take a decongestant, try a sinus rinse solution, and apply warm compresses. You'll also want to humidify the air, increase fluids and rest. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help with aches and pains.

If those at-home remedies don't bring relief in a day or two, see your doctor. Bacterial and fungal sinus infections usually require antibiotic or antifungal therapy.

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