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Dr. Jeffrey DeWeerd of Allegiance Family Medicine in Leslie is treating patients with acute sinusitis.

Symptoms include: a cold that starts to get better, but then gets worse again; pain when you lean forward or pain on one side of the face usually above, below, or behind your eyes; thick yellow or green nasal discharge; and fever.

To treat acute sinusitis, get plenty of rest and drink a lot of fluids.

Rinse nasal passages with salt water and try decongestants, though you shouldn't use those for more than three days.

Moist heat applied to the face will help relieve pain and pressure.

If the infection is getting worse after six to 10 days, see your doctor.

In Lansing, Dr. Herbert Ross of Ingham Regional Medical Center's Saturday Morning Sports Injury Clinic is treating running-related injuries, including stress fractures, Achilles tendonitis, and sprained ligaments.

Pain, usually localized pain at the site of the injury, is the key symptom.

There may also be swelling, especially if a ligament is sprained.

If left untreated, these injuries can lead to chronic conditions, so it's a good idea to see a doctor.

As soon as possible after the injury, think RICE: rest, ice, compression and elevate.

You want to stop the activity, apply ice for 10 to 20 minutes three or more times a day, wrap the injured area with a bandage to decrease swelling, and elevate the injured area.

Dr. Ross says, as the weather gets warmer, these running-related injuries become more prevalent.

It is a good idea to see a doctor so you can determine how to rehabilitate your body properly after it as recovered or the injury will return.


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