What's Going Around

We start in Leslie, where Dr. Jeffrey DeWeerd of Allegiance Family Medicine says allergic rhinitis is going around.

Symptoms are: runny nose, sneezing, watery itchy eyes, itchy throat, stuffy nose, ear popping, dark circles under the eyes, and hives.

To treat it, limit your direct exposure to allergens, take antihistamines, and try saline nasal rinses or decongestants.

Nasal steroid sprays can help reduce inflammation and congestion.

See your doctor if you're experiencing frequent allergies.

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

Symptoms include: stomach cramping or discomfort, bloating, nausea with or without vomiting, and diarrhea.

A low-grade fever under 101 degrees, may be present.

There are three steps to treat gastroenteritis.

If your child is vomiting, keep his or her stomach empty for three to four hours. Resume clear liquids in small amounts for six to eight hours; then start a bland starchy low-fat solid diet for a day or two. Think B.R.A.T.: bananas, rice, applesauce, toast.

Also, make sure treatment includes drinking enough fluids, like Gatorade for adults and Pedialyte for children.

The most dangerous complication to watch out for is dehydration. Young kids and the elderly are at the greatest risk.

Signs of dehydration in young children include: no tears when they cry, a dry mouth (which indicates decreased saliva production), and decreased urination.


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