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Dan Moore, certified physician assistant at McLaren-Greater Lansing Internal Medicine, a partner of McLaren-Greater Lansing, is treating sinus infections.

In some cases, a cold may cause swelling in the sinuses, preventing the outflow of mucus, which can lead to a sinus infection.

Symptoms are: thick, yellow, foul-smelling nasal discharge; pressure or pain around the face and eyes; headache; nasal obstruction and congestion.

If sinus pain and thick yellow or green mucus last longer than a week, see a doctor. He or she may prescribe antibiotics.

Decongestants and other drugs help decrease swelling and steam and hot showers can help, too.

Mr. Moore is also treating dry skin.

Symptoms include: skin tightness, especially after being in water; skin that looks dehydrated, and skin that feels and looks rough. Skin may be itchy, flaky and red.

Limit yourself to one short shower per day. Use a gentle cleanser or gel with moisturizer and moisturize while skin is moist.

Mineral oil and petroleum jelly help keep water in the skin.

Most cases of dry skin respond well to lifestyle and home remedies. See a doctor if your skin doesn't improve.


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