What's Going Around

We start in Lansing, where Dr. Shawn LaTarte from the Ingham Regional Medical Center says sinusitis is going around.

Symptoms include a runny or stuffy nose, and pain and pressure in the head and face. You might also get a front headache, bad breath, dental pain and a reduced sense of taste or smell.

To treat sinusitis, drink plenty of fluids. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers, decongestants and antihistamines will help too, as well as putting a hot, damp towel on the face for five to 10 minutes a few times a day. Salt water nose drops can also help flush out mucus in the nose.

And Dr. Thomas Stout from the Mt. Hope Community Medical Center on Cedar St. in Lansing, says he's treating quite a few insect stings, mostly from bees, wasps and hornets.

Symptoms include instant, sharp burning pain at the sting site, a red welt at the sting area, a pale, raised area where the stinger punctured the skin, itching around the edges of the sting, and swelling.

You should remove the stinger as soon as possible. Then wash the area with soap and water. Use a cold pack, apply hydrocortisone cream, and take an oral antihistamine to treat the sting.

You should see a doctor immediately if you have a serious reaction that includes dizziness, trouble breathing, swelling of the throat, or hives.


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