What's Going Around

By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

We start in Okemos, where Dr. Dennis Perry at Meridian Primary Care is treating flu-like illnesses, with suspected cases of swine flu.

Symptoms include a fever above 101 degrees, intense body aches, fatigue, sore throat, cough, congestion, headache and chills.

To treat these flu-like viruses, it's important to rest. Also drink plenty of fluids, and take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fever and body aches. Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever has subsided.

Dr. Perry also says gastroenteritis is going around this week.

Symptoms include stomach cramping, nausea, diarrhea, and a low-grade fever, up to 101 degrees.

To treat gastroenteritis, drink fluids like Gatorade for adults, and Pedialyte for kids. Your family doctor may prescribe medicine to help with the nausea. Parents should be on the look out for signs of dehydration in children.

In Lansing, Dr. Thomas Stout at Mount Hope Community Medical Center is treating bronchitis.

Symptoms include a cough that is dry and hacking at first, then after a few days it might bring up mucus. A mild fever, tiredness, tightness or burning in the chest, wheezing, and hoarseness are also symptoms.

To treat bronchitis, drink plenty of fluids. Use an over-the-counter cough medicine with an expectorant, if your doctor recommends it. And to sooth a sore throat, suck on cough drops or hard candies.

Bronchitis often follows a viral respiratory infection, like a cold, and the common cold has been going around these last couple of weeks.

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  • by Gail Location: Jackson,Mi on Oct 14, 2009 at 05:33 AM
    Things come up every yr.They are harder to get rid of.More become sick.If people don't have insurances they tend not to see doctors.If health programs get cut,many more will get sick,and illness will spread more.If the wrong illness happens many will die.One thing about illness it don't care who it hits.Rich or poor.So many think cutting the poors this or that will solve a budget problem?It will add to all problems rich or poor.Be careful what we ask for and what we do.
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