What's Going Around

In Okemos, Dr. Dennis Perry at Meridian Primary Care is treating suspected cases of influenza.

Symptoms include: fever above 101degrees that lasts as long as three days, intense body aches, and fatigue. You may also have a sore throat, cough, headache, and chills.

Flu and cold symptoms can be similar, but generally the flu is much more severe and the onset is more sudden.

Most flu cases clear up without specific treatment after about seven to 10 days. The first three days are usually the worst.

You should rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fever control and pain relief.

You should stay home for at least 24-hours after your fever has subsided.

Dr. Perry says Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV, is also going around. RSV is very common in children.

Symptoms include runny stuffy nose, fever, headache, decreased appetite, wheezing, breathing difficulties and cough.

Symptoms are worse at nighttime. Dr. Perry says parents can expect three bad nights with the first night being the worst.

Antibiotics are ineffective since RSV is a viral infection.

You can prop up the head to make it easier to breathe and sleep, create humidity with a humidifier, rest, and drink fluids. You can bundle up your child and take them outside in the cool night air to help calm inflamed breathing passages. A hot shower can help ease breathing too.

If your child is lethargic, has a very high fever or severe trouble breathing, seek immediate medical care. Children under the age of one are at the highest risk for complications from RSV.


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