What's Going Around

We start in Lansing where Dr. Martha Feher at Ingham Regional Medical Center is treating respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.

Symptoms are similar to other respiratory infections.

They include: cough, sneeze, runny nose, fever, decrease in appetite, and wheezing.

In very young infants, irritability, decreased activity and difficulty breathing may be the only symptoms.

To treat RSV, prop up your child's head to make it easier to breathe and sleep.

Control fever with acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Create moist air to breathe, with a cool-mist humidifier or vaporizer.

Drink plenty of fluids.

Over the counter saline drops are a safe way to ease congestion.

Call a doctor if symptoms get worse.

Dr. Miranda Makulski at Allegiance Family Medicine in Albion is treating bronchitis on a daily basis.

The symptoms she is seeing are: a persistent nagging cough, congestion, mucus, and sore throat.

Ibuprofen, aspirin, or acetaminophen can help relieve sore throat or headache.

Pseudo ephedrine can improve nasal congestion, and antihistamines can help too.

Humidified air can help congestion and runny nose.

Dr. Andy Altman at Charlotte Medical Group in Charlotte is seeing more babies with Flattened Head Syndrome.

You would notice your baby's head beginning to appear flattened.

Make sure your child has adequate "tummy time" to prevent continual pressure on his or her malleable head.

If you see your baby's head start to look flattened, see a doctor.

Dr. Bernice Pritchett at Allegiance Family Medicine on Springport Rd. is seeing a lot of patients with high cholesterol.

Often patients don't know they have high cholesterol until they have a screening test done.

Effects can be devastating, including heart attack and stroke.

Dr. Pritchett suggests anyone with risk factors visit their primary care doctor.

Risk factors include: History of a heart attack, men age 45 and older, women age 55 or older, women going through menopause, women who have completed menopause, parent or sibling with heart problems, smoking cigarettes, being overweight, being diabetic, having high blood pressure, or having an inactive lifestyle.

Dr. Pritchett says high cholesterol is a real illness that, if left untreated, can lead to serious and devastating consequences.


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