What's Going Around

It's the second week in a row that upper respiratory infections are going around.

Physician Asst. Dan Moore at McLaren Greater Lansing Internal Medicine in Lansing is treating them this week.

Symptoms include: nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, watery eyes, fatigue and headache. Kids may have a low-grade fever.

Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain relief and fever control. You may also take over-the-counter antihistamines, decongestants and cough medicines. Vaporizers or humidifiers may help with congestion.

See a doctor if you have a high fever or increased pain in the face or upper teeth, if your symptoms last longer than a week, or if your symptoms get worse over the first five to seven days. That could be a sign of a bacterial infection.

Viral upper respiratory infections usually last a week or two.


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