What's Going Around

We start in Albion, where Dr. Miranda Makulski with Allegiance Family Medicine is treating strep throat.

Symptoms include: sore throat; fever; swollen, sore neck glands; red, swollen tonsils; white patches in the throat or tonsils, and headache.
Kids may also experience stomach pain, vomiting, and a red rash.

Because strep throat is caused by bacteria, antibiotics are key to treating it. So, see your doctor.

Kids shouldn't go back to school or daycare until their fever is gone, or they've been on antibiotics for 24 hours.

Take ibuprofen to relieve pain and reduce fever, gargle warm salt water, and drink plenty of fluids.

In Okemos, Dr. Dennis Perry at Meridian Primary Care says the common cold is going around.

Symptoms are: runny, stuffy nose; sore throat; fatigue; headache and cough.
Children may have a low-grade fever.

To treat a cold, get plenty of rest.

Take Tylenol or ibuprofen for aches and fever control and drink lots of fluids to prevent dehydration.

Breathing in steam may help loosen congestion.

And it's that time of year when doctors start seeing hay fever, which Dr. Perry is also treating.

Symptoms include: runny, stuffy nose; itchy eyes; wheezing and other asthma-like breathing problems' sneezing and sinus pressure.

To treat hay fever, take antihistamines.

Saline sprays two to three times a day can help wash away the allergens that cause hay fever.

You should see your doctor to make sure it's allergies that are bothering you.

Hay fever is caused by an allergic response to indoor or outdoor allergens, and people are around a lot of dust, mold and pollen right now, as they do their spring cleaning and yard work.

Hay fever affects about one in five people.


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