What's Going Around

By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

Sniffling and sneezing? You're not the only one.

Spring allergies are what Physican Assistant Amanda Topper at McLaren Greater Lansing-Holt Family Practice is treating this week.

Most of the cases she's seeing are caused by plant pollens.

Symptoms include: runny or stuffy nose, watery eyes, itchy eyes and nose, fatigue, irritability, sore throat, and dark circles under the eyes.

The best treatment is avoiding allergens by staying inside when the pollen count is high, closing doors or windows, and cleaning air filters often.

Talk to your doctor before treating your allergies. Nasal sprays, antihistamines, decongestants, eye drops and cool compresses may help.

Allergies can lead to sinus infections, and can aggravate asthma cases.

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