What's Going Around

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A lot of head colds and upper respiratory infections are going around this week. That's what Nurse Practitioner Linda Eckerson at McLaren Greater Lansing-DeWitt Family Medicine is treating this week.

Symptoms include: nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, coughing, itchy or watery eyes, fatigue and headache. You might have a fever, but that's more common in kids.

Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen, antihistamines, decongestants and cough medications.

You may use a vaporizer or humidifier to help with congestion, too.

See a doctor if you have a high fever, if your symptoms last longer than a week, or if they get worse after about five days.

Nurse Practitioner Eckerson is also treating patients with dry skin.

You have it if your skin is itchy, red, cracking, irritated and painful.

Drink eight to 10 glasses of water a day to help hydrate the skin, and cut back on caffeine and alcohol, which are dehydrating. Make sure the humidity level at your home is at 40 to 50 percent. Run a humidifier, use moisturizing soaps and hydrocortisone cream, and take shorter showers.

If your skin still hasn't gotten better after trying those at-home remedies, you should go see a doctor.

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