What's Going Around

By: Lauren Evans
By: Lauren Evans

In Jackson, Dr. Margo Ferguson at Allegiance Family Medicine-Cascade Ridge is seeing an increase in cases of bronchitis.

Symptoms include: cough, that's usually dry and hacking at first and later becomes productive, low-grade fever, fatigue, muscle ache, and mild wheezing.

Symptoms usually clear up in about two to three weeks, but sometimes cough can continue for four weeks.

Most people can treat symptoms of acute bronchitis at home.

Drink plenty of fluids, use an over-the-counter cough medicine with an expectorant if your doctor recommends it, and suck on cough drops or hard candies to soothe a sore throat.

You should check with your doctor if you have heart or lung disease, or asthma as you may need more treatment.

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