What's Going Around

By: Emilie Voss Email
By: Emilie Voss Email

We start off this week in East Lansing where Doctor Rebecca Wolfe says mononucleosis is going around. Symptoms include a fever, sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes, and fatigue. Mono is called the kissing disease because it is spread by saliva. You should be careful about sharing glasses and water bottles. For treatment see your doctor. They can do a blood test to confirm that it is in fact mono. Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen are best for fever and pain relief. Warm salt water gargles can also help. Antibiotics don't work with mono because it's caused be a virus.

Doctor Heidi Johnson says watch out for diarrhea. It has been making the rounds in mid-Michigan. The best thing to do is stick to the BRAT diet. Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast. If it lasts more than a week and you have severe pain or a persistent fever be sure to see your doctor.
Also in East Lansing Doctor Cynthia Buchweitz is treating patients with athletes foot. The contagious fungal infection on the feet is most common in between toes. It shows up as moist white or red scales, and dead skin on inflamed areas. Severe itching is also a symptom. For treatment - try over the counter anti-fungal creams and powders daily. May take 3 to 4 weeks of treatment. See your doctor if non-prescription treatments don't cure symptoms.

For prevention bathe feet daily and make sure you dry them well between the toes. Use sandals or footwear in public showers.


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