What's Going Around

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It's very important to wash your hands to avoid getting what's going around this week. It's spread from person-to-person, from coughing, sneezing, or touching the nose or mouth and then touching something like a door knob that someone else touches.

Physician Assistant Debra Allore at McLaren Greater Lansing - Holt Family Practice is treating head colds and other upper respiratory ailments this week.

Symptoms are: nasal congestion, runny nose, sore or scratchy throat, sneezing, coughing, itchy or watery eyes, fatigue and headache. Sometimes kids will have a fever.

Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fever and pain. Try over-the-counter antihistamines, decongestants, and cough medications. Vaporizers or humidifiers can help with congestion.

If you have a high fever or worsening pain in the face or upper teeth, you should see a doctor.

Viral upper respiratory infections usually last a week or two. If they last longer than week or get worse after a week, you should see a doctor to rule out a bacterial infection.

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