Dr. Dennis Perry at Meridian Primary Care in Okemos, a partner of McLaren Greater Lansing, says a cold virus is going around this week.
The symptoms are: mild sore throat and congestion. There's not much cough or fever.
There isn't a lot you can do because it's a virus. Rest, drink fluids, and take an over-the-counter cold medicine for relief.
The symptoms last about four to five days.
Dr. Perry says it's also the time of year when he starts seeing more muscle sprains and strains.
You might have a sprain if: there's swelling or bruising, you have a loss of ability to move and use the joint, or you feel a pop or tear when the injury happens. Symptoms vary due to severity of the injury.
Use the RICE therapy for the first day or two after the injury (rest, ice, compress and elevate). Heat can be applied once swelling goes down. Take over-the-counter NSAIDS like aspirin or ibuprofen.
See a doctor if those at-home treatments don't provide significant relief within 24 hours. Go to the emergency room if you can't walk or move the extremity, if you have significant pain or swelling, or if you have open cuts.