What's Going Around

We start in Okemos, where Dr. Dennis Perry from Meridian Primary Care says upper respiratory cold virus is going around.

Runny nose, minimal sore throat and coughing, and fatigue are its symptoms. You may also get a low grade fever or chills.

Be sure to rest, drink lots of fluids, and take Tylenol or Ibuprofen for aches and fever, as needed. Breathing in steam, and taking over-the-counter cold medications may be helpful in treating the virus, too.

Dr. Perry is also treating allergies this week.

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

You can use over-the-counter antihistamines to treat allergies. Saline or allergy nasal sprays will help too. See a doctor if your allergies are severe.

And in Lansing, Dr. Earl Reisdorff, from the Ingham Regional Medical Center, says lower back pain is going around.

Symptoms include stiffness and soreness in the lower back.

Rest is a good way to treat back pain. Tylenol or Advil will help, or you can put ice or a cold pack on the affected area. Back pain is best treated by your primary care doctor.

If you experience sudden weakness of a limb, or intractable pain, it could be a more serious condition and you should see a doctor immediately.


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