What's Going Around

By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

Strep throat is going around this week.

Physician Assistant Amanda Topper at McLaren Greater Lansing's Holt Family Practice is treating it.

The hallmark symptoms are: sudden, severe sore throat; pain when swallowing; fever over 101 degrees; tender, swollen lymph nodes; fatigue, and headache. Sometimes you can see white or yellow patches on the tonsils and throat.

A sore throat caused by a virus can be just as painful as strep, but if you have cold symptoms like coughing, sneezing, or a runny or stuffy nose, you probably don't have strep throat.

Kids are prone to nausea and vomiting and may develop a red rash known as scarlet fever.

Anyone with a sore throat and a fever should see a doctor. He or she may prescribe antibiotics.

Take Tylenol or Motrin for pain relief, gargle with warm salt water, rest and drink fluids.

Strep usually runs its course within three to seven days.


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