What's Going Around

We begin in Okemos, where Dr. Dennis Perry at Meridian Primary Care says acute bronchitis is going around.

Bronchitis often develops after a cold or other respiratory infection.

Primary symptoms are wheezing and persistent cough. You may also have shortness of breath, fatigue and chest discomfort.

To treat bronchitis, get plenty of rest, drink fluids, avoid exposure to irritants like tobacco smoke, and use a warm mist humidifier. You can use over-the-counter cough medicines.

Asthmatics should follow their prescribed regimen.

See a doctor if your cough is severe, if you have a fever, or if you have chronic lung or heart problems.

Dr. Thomas Stout at Mount Hope Community Medical Center in Lansing is treating sinus infections.

Symptoms include: thick, yellow nasal discharge; pain or pressure around the face, eyes and dental area; headache; congestion; post-nasal drip and a cold that won't go away.

To treat a sinus infection, see a doctor. Typically, antibiotics are necessary.

You can take decongestants, take hot showers, and use nasal sprays.

In Jackson, Dr. Margo Ferguson at Allegiance Family Medicine--Spring Arbor Road is seeing a rise in gastroenteritis, or stomach flu.

Symptoms include: abdominal cramping and pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, chills, clammy skin, low-grade fever and loss of appetite.

It's important to avoid dehydration, so drink small amounts of fluid every half hour. You should also eat small amounts of food, as tolerated.

Avoid contact with others, as gastroenteritis is contagious and easily spread.

The best way to prevent gastroenteritis is to handle food properly, wash hands often, and bleach soiled laundry. Avoid kissing, shaking hands or sharing utensils with anyone who's infected.


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