What's Going Around

We begin in Lansing, where Dr. Thomas Stout at Mount Hope Community Medical Center says acute bronchitis is going around.

Symptoms include a cough that's dry and hacking at first, and then after a few days, could bring up mucus.

A mild fever, tiredness, tightness/burning/dull pain in the chest, wheezing while breathing, and hoarseness are also symptoms.

Most cases of acute bronchitis can be treated at home. Drink plenty of fluids, use an over-the-counter cough medicine, and suck on cough drops or hard candies to make your throat feel better.

Also in Lansing, Dr. Hugh Brainard from Ingham Internal Medicine and Pediatric Associates is treating head lice.

The most common symptom is itching. You may see small gray or reddish brown live head lice scurrying around the scalp, or you could find nits (lice eggs) attached to your child's hair. Nits are small, oval-shaped and usually yellowish-white in color.

Some over-the counter anti-lice shampoos will treat lice, but some strains are resistant, so see a doctor for prescription medication. Steroid creams or calamine lotion can relieve the itching, or you can try antihistamine pills, if your child's doctor says it's okay.

Preventing head lice is key. Your child should not share hair brushes, combs or hats.
Be sure to wash your child's bedding and clothes in hot water, and vacuum anything your child may have come into contact with in the day or two before treatment.

It's important for your child to see a pediatrician to confirm the diagnosis.
Some people have an allergic reaction to lice bites after the lice and eggs have died.


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