What's Going Around

By: Jennifer Dowling
By: Jennifer Dowling

We start with Doctor Hugh Brainard at the Ingham Internal Medicine and Pediatric Associates on Millennium Drive in Lansing. He says there are still cases of the common cold lingering. Some of the symptoms include nasal congestion, cough, fatigue, fever, facial pressure, sneezing and headache. Treatments of upper respiratory infections should include rest and increased fluids. If you have a fever or a headache, Tylenol can be used. Throat lozenges will also work for a sore throat and water, fruit juice, tea, clear soup broths and non-caffinated carbonated beverages will also help.

Doctor Herbert Ross at Ingham Regional Medical Center on South Pennsylvania Avenue in Lansing says his patients are coming into the office with running injuries. Those include stress fractures or tiny breaks in the bone, usually caused by repetitive stress activities. Achilles tendonitis and sprained ligaments. Symptoms include pain which is usually localized at the site of the injury. There may also be swelling, especially if a ligament is sprained. Treatments include; visiting with your doctor to determine how to rehabilitate your body properly so that the injury doesn't return. As soon as possible after an injury, you can help to relieve pain and swelling with the RICE method. That includes rest, ice, compression and elevation.

Cold will help to reduce pain and swelling, but don't apply ice for longer than 20 minutes at a time. For compression, you can wrap the injured or sore area with an elastic bandage to help decrease swelling, but just make sure the bandage isn't wrapped too tight.

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