What's Going Around

By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

We start in Mason, where Nurse Practitioner Jena King at Allegiance Family Medicine is treating sore throats.

The main symptom is a sore throat.

To treat it, try over-the-counter medications like antihistamines.

Warm salt water gargles and humidification can help too.

If your symptoms persist, or you have a fever, you should see a doctor.

In Lansing, Dr. Trinh Nguyen at Mount Hope Community Medical Center is treating infectious viral illnesses with flu-like symptoms including nasal congestion, cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever, facial pressure and sneezing.

Tylenol can help with fever and headache.

Throat lozenges or gargling with salt water can help ease a sore throat. Saltwater nose drops can also keep nasal passages open and wash out mucus and bacteria.

Breathing warm, moist air from a hot shower or bath can loosen nasal congestion.

Dr. Nguyen says springtime allergies are also going around.

Symptoms include: sudden sneezing; itchy, watery eyes; watery nasal discharge; puffy eyes; fatigue, and asthma. Some people develop dark, bruised-looking circles under their eyes, called allergic shiners.

To treat hay fever, try to avoid or limit contact with allergens.

You can try steroid or antihistamine nasal sprays and eye drops to help ease symptoms.

Be sure to take any prescribed asthma medication.

A doctor may prescribe allergy shots.

Dr. Nguyen says hay fever is caused by pollen from flowering trees and grasses. Tree pollen is usually to blame for allergies in early spring.

Allergy skin testing is the gold standard for diagnosing allergies, and can be performed on children who are at least six months old.

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