What's Going Around

We start in Charlotte, where Dr. Dorothy Mondejar, from the Charlotte Medical Group, says allergy-induced asthma attacks are going around.

Symptoms include increased asthma attacks, sore throats, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and itchy, watery eyes

If you have asthma, keep a rescue inhaler with you at all times. You can also take anti-histamines to prevent attacks.

Dr. Fred Bean, from the Okemos Community Medical Center Family Practice in Okemos, is seeing a lot of patients with lingering coughs.

Symptoms include a cough with no discolored mucus or fever. These nagging coughs can last for three and four weeks.

There's no good treatment, but it helps to get enough rest, drink plenty of fluids, and avoid air irritants. Cough medicine may help you sleep, Anti-Antibiotics are not a treatment.

Dr. Earl Reisdorff, from the Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing, says says coxsackievirus is also going around, and it's very contagious.

Symptoms include body aches, headache, and very high fevers-- as high as 105 degrees.

Antibiotics won't help, but rest, fluids, and over-the-counter pain relievers or fever reducers will. Most of these cases last only a week or so.

Doctors are also seeing a lot of gallbladder attacks.

Symptoms include pain in the right upper abdomen , just below the rib cage, especially after eating a fatty meal. Seek immediate care if you have fever, severe pain or vomiting.

People who think they have gallbladder problems should see a doctor. In many cases, you can avoid surgery if you switch to a special no-fat diet.

Genetics play a role in gallbladder problems, and women are twice as likely as men to develop them. People who are overweight are also at a higher risk.


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