What's Going Around

We start in Okemos, where Dr. Dennis Perry at Meridian Primary Care, a partner of Ingham Regional, is treating the common cold.

Have a runny stuffy nose? Sore throat? Fatigue? You may have a virual upper respiratory infection.

Kids may have a low-grade fever as well.

Other symtpoms include headache and cough.

Expect a cold to last three to four days, and the cough to linger for longer.

It's important to rest.

Take Tylenol or Ibuprofen for aches and fever control.

Drink lots of fluids and breath in steam. Over-the-counter medications may help, too.

If symptoms haven't improved in 10 days or if you have a high fever, see a doctor.

Dr. Perry is treating allergies as well, primarily due to ragweed.

Symptoms include: nasal stuffiness, headaches, congestion, wheezing, fatigue, and itchy, watery eyes.

These symptoms can persist for several days in a row.

To treat allergies, take over-the-counter antihistamines. Saline nasal sprays or allergy nasal sprays may help, too.

If allergies are severe, see a doctor.

In Leslie, Dr. Jeffrey DeWeerd at Allegiance Family Medicine is seeing an increase in sprains and strains.

You may have a sprain if you have limited ability to move the joint, swelling, pain, bruising or, if at the time of the injury, you hear or feel a pop or click.

You may have a strain if there is pain, swelling, limited ability to move the muscle, or if you're having muscle spasms.

For mild sprains and strains, try Tylenol or Motrin.

For moderate sprains and strains, apply ice to the area as soon as possible to minimize swelling.

You should see a doctor if you can't walk more than four steps without significant pain, if you can't move the affected joint, if you have numbness in the injured area, or redness spreading out from the injury.

In cases of severe sprain or strain, your doctor may immobilize the area with a brace or splint.


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