What's Going Around

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In Okemos, Dr. Dennis Perry at Meridian Primary Care, a partner of McLaren Greater Lansing, is seeing fewer flu cases but more gastroenteritis cases.

The main symptoms are: stomach cramping or discomfort, bloating, nausea (with or without vomiting) and diarrhea.

Most cases of viral gastroenteritis clear up on their own in a few days. Let your stomach settle by not eating or drinking for a few hours. Start drinking small amounts of fluids before beginning 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.

In Michigan Center, Dr. Rubina Shaikh at Allegiance Family Medicine is treating conjunctivitis, which is often referred to as pink eye.

Common symptoms include: crusty eyelids that are hard to open, eye redness or swelling, mucus or watery discharge, and the feeling that there is something in the eye. You may be sensitive to light or feel like your eye is itchy or burning.

Viral pink eye is common and contagious. It will go away on its own in seven to 10 days. Take anti-inflammatory medications to help with itching, pain and redness. Cold compresses can relieve swelling.

Bacterial conjunctivitis requires a prescription antibiotic.

Don't share wash cloths, towels, makeup or contact lenses.

Dr. Shaikh is also treating patients with upper respiratory infections.

Symptoms are: cough, stuffy nose, runny nose, mild sore throat, ear ache and fever.

To treat an upper respiratory infection, drink lots of fluids, take over-the-counter pain medications and rest.

Children, individuals with compromised immune systems, and the elderly are at a particular risk for complications if they contract an upper respiratory infection.

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