What's Going Around

By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

In Okemos, Dr. Dennis Perry at Meridian Primary Care is treating gastroenteritis.

It's commonly called the stomach flu, even though it's not caused by the influenza virus.

Symptoms include: stomach cramping or discomfort, bloating, nausea with or without vomiting, and diarrhea. You won't necessarily have a fever, but a low-grade fever could be present.

Gastroenteritis usually clears up on its own without specific treatment.
You should drink plenty of fluids, like Gatorade for adults and Pedialyte for children.

Start a B.R.A.T. diet after 24-hours of a liquid diet without vomiting. That's bananas, rice, applesauce and toast.

If you are dizzy, light-headed or confused, see a doctor, as those are signs of dehydration.

Dr. Perry is also treating viral upper respiratory infections.

Sneezing, coughing, runny nose, congestion headache and sore throat are the main symptoms, plus flu-like symptoms like high fever, chills, body aches, weakness and fatigue.

To treat a U.R.I., get plenty of rest and take Tylenol or Ibuprofen for aches and fever control.

Drink lots of fluids and breathe in steam through a hot bath or shower or by using a humidifier.

If symptoms haven't improved after 10 days or if you have a high fever, see a doctor.

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