What's Going Around

By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

Strep throat. That's what's keeping Dr. James Brouillette at Ingham Community Medical Center, a partner of Ingham Regional Medical Center, busy this week.

Symptoms include: sore throat, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and headache. You may also have red swollen tonsils and white patches in the throat or on the tonsils.

Typically with strep throat, there's no cough.

Strep should be treated with antibiotics. See your doctor for a strep test to confirm if you have it.

You can take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to relieve pain and fever.

Also, drink a lot of fluids, eat soft foods and get plenty of rest. You might want to try throat lozenges, too.

Strep throat is very contagious, and with kids being back in school, they can catch it very easily.

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