What's Going Around

By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

We begin in Albion, where Dr. Miranda Makulski at Allegiance Family Medicine says Norovirus is going around.

The symptoms she's treating are: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping.

Other symptoms include: headache, fever, chills, and muscle aches.

To treat Norovirus, drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.

If you think you're dehydrated, or if your symptoms persist or worsen, call your doctor.

Dr. Bernice Pritchett at Allegiance Family Medicine in Jackson is seeing an increase in patients with sinusitis.

Symptoms include: fever; facial pain between the nose, cheeks or forehead; headache; congestion; tooth pain; bad breath; cough and reduced sense of smell or taste.

To treat sinusitis, try over-the-counter products like saline nasal sprays or rinses, decongestants, and pain relievers.

Keep your head elevated at night to decrease congestion.

Try breathing steam through a hot towel or washcloth.

You may need to see a doctor, to determine if antibiotics are necessary.

Dr. Jeffrey DeWeerd of Allegiance Family Medicine in Leslie is treating more cases of viral bronchitis.

Symptoms include: trouble breathing, wheezing, pain or discomfort in the chest or rib cage, headache, low-grade fever, and a persistent cough that is typically non-productive.

You should rest and drink plenty of water.

Take over-the-counter pain relievers for fever and pain and over-the-counter cough medicines.

Hot showers or steam may help.

Avoid tobacco smoke and other air pollutants.

Dr. Dennis Perry at Meridian Primary Care in Okemos is treating viral bronchitis, too, as well as R.S.V.

Symptoms include: runny, stuffy nose; fever; headache; decreased appetite; wheezing; breathing difficulties and cough.

To relieve symptoms, rest and drink plenty of fluids.

Prop up the head to make it easier to sleep, take a hot shower, use a humidifier or vaporizer, and bundle up your child and take them outside in cool night air.

Symptoms of R.S.V. are always worse at night time.

Dr. Perry says parents can expect three bad nights with the first night being the worst.

A cough may linger for one to two weeks.

If your child is lethargic, has a very high fever, or trouble breathing, seek immediate medical care.

Children under age one are at the highest risk for complications from R.S.V.

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