What's Going Around

Dr. Hugh Brainard, from Ingham Internal Medicine and Pediatric Associates in Lansing, tells us red eye, not to be confused with pink eye, is what's going around this week.

Symptoms include red eyes without stinging or itching. If there is discharge, itching, or pain, it could be bacterial conjunctivitis.

To treat red eye -- it's best to flush the eye with saline eye drops after swimming. You should also minimize eye exposure to pool water, since swimming in pools, and in lakes, is what causes red eye.

And Dr. Mark Schaar, from the Dewitt Family Practice in Dewitt, says ear infections are also going around.

Symptoms include mild to extremely painful ear pain, and fever. Babies and young kids are often fussy, have trouble sleeping, and pull at their ears and cry.

Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics, or ear drops to help with the pain. You can treat symptoms at home with pain relievers, a warm washcloth or heating pad on the ear, and rest.

You can help prevent ear infections in your child by not smoking, since children who are around cigarette smoke are more prone to ear infections.


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