What's Going Around

By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

Dan Moore, certified physician assistant at McLaren-Greater Lansing Internal Medicine, a partner of McLaren Greater Lansing, is treating allergies this week.

Symptoms are: nasal stuffiness, headache, sinus congestion, wheezing, fatigue and itchy, watery eyes.

To treat allergies, take over-the-counter antihistamines. If those don't work, or if your allergies are more severe, see a doctor.

Moore is also treating upper respiratory infections this week.

Symptoms include: nasal congestion, runny nose, sore or scratchy throat, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, fatigue and headache. Kids sometimes have a fever.

Viral upper respiratory infections usually last a week or two.

Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fever control and pain relief, and try over-the-counter antihistamines, decongestants or cough medications.

You can use a vaporizer or humidifier to help with congestion.

See a doctor if you have a high fever or increased pain in the face or upper teeth.

Upper respiratory infections are usually contagious and can spread from coughing, sneezing or touching.


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