What's Going Around

Local doctors explain what they

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It's sunburn and pink eye that Dr. Dennis Perry at Meridian Primary Care, a partner of McLaren Greater Lansing, is treating this week.

Let's start with pink eye. It can be caused by a virus, an irritant, or an allergic reaction.

Symptoms include: pink or red eyes, watery eyes, and itchiness or burning. There may be thick, yellow discharge if it's an infection.

If your pink eye is caused by a virus, see a doctor.

If it's caused by an allergic reaction, take over-the-counter oral medication or use eye drops. It should go away in three days.

Sunburns are also making an appearance in Dr. Perry's office.

Most cause mild pain and redness, and only affect the outer layer of skin.

More severe sunburns swell up and blister. You may also feel like you have the flu: feverish, with chills, nausea, headache and weakness.

There may be peeling or itching, too.

There's no fast fix for sunburns.

Use cold compresses or take a cool bath or shower.

Apply creams or gels that contain menthol, camphor or aloe.

Take ibuprofen and stay hydrated.

Until your sunburn heals, stay out of the sun.

See a doctor if you have a high fever, severe pain, or signs of dehydration.

Remember to apply sunscreen liberally when you're outdoors.


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