What's Going Around

We start in Lansing, where Dr.Thomas Stout at Mount Hope Community Medical Center says colds are going around.

Symptoms include: itching or sore throat, sneezing, nasal congestion and mucus drainage, watery eyes, sometimes a low fever -- especially in children, and headache.

To treat a cold, get plenty of rest, drink fluids, and take acetominophen for headache. Gargle with salt water and take lozenges to ease a sore throat.

Dr. Mark Schaar at DeWitt Family Practice in DeWitt is treating Winter Itch, or dry skin.

Symptoms include: rough, dry itchy skin. Severly dry skin may crack.

To treat Winter Itch, make your shower time shorter, and limit your use of hot water and soap. Use a humidifier. Try a moisturizer, especially after showering to lock moisture in. Your doctor may prescribe medicated creams like topical steroids to help.

Winter Itch is a common problem in cold weather, when humidity is low. Anyone can get it; it doesn't matter your age, or whether or not you have other skin problems.


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