What's Going Around

It's ear infections that are keeping Dr. James Brouillette at Ingham Community Medical Center busy this week.

Symptoms include fever, ear ache, ear pain, difficulty hearing and nausea.

To treat an ear infection, you should get antibiotics, so see your doctor.

Over-the-counter pain relievers can help with the pain and you might want to dry pressing a warm water bottle against your ear, too.

Dr. Brouilette says upper respiratory infections are also going around.

The main symptoms are cough, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, fever, headache, sinus swelling and muscle aches.

Over-the-counter decongestants and cough suppressants can help alleviate symptoms. You might want to try antihistamines, too.

Get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids, and take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for headache or fever.

A U.R.I. generally goes away on its own after 10 to 14 days.


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