What's Going Around

We start in Jackson, where Dr. Bernice Pritchett at Allegiance Health on Springport Rd. is seeing a lot of kids with ear infections.

Common symptoms include: fever, pain, pulling at the affected ear, trouble hearing, drainage from the ear, decreased appetite and trouble sleeping.

Treatment may require antibiotics or ear drops.

Tylenol or Motrin will help with the pain.

Putting a warm cloth on the ear will help ease discomfort.

Parents who think their kids have an ear infection should take them to see a doctor.

Dr. Jeffrey DeWeerd with Allegiance Family Medicine in Leslie is seeing more people with 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.

People with viral bronchitis will not feel very sick.

To treat viral bronchitis, rest and drink plenty of water.

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

Hot showers and steam should help, too.

It's important to note antibiotics do not cure viral bronchitis.

If you have a high fever and a productive cough, you may have bacterial bronchitis, and you should see a doctor.

In Okemos, Dr. James Brouillette at Ingham Primary Care, a partner of Ingham Regional Medical Center is treating ringworm.

It looks like red, circular or oval raised scaly areas with a clear center.

The affected area will be itchy.

Ringworm usually appears on non-hairy areas of the face, body, arms and legs.

Fungi thrive in warm, moist areas, so keep the skin clean and dry.

Over-the-counter anti-fungal creams can help. If they don't, you should see a doctor.

It's important to use medicine exactly as directed to keep the infection from coming back.

Ringworm is contagious.

You can get it by coming into skin-to-skin contact with the person who has it.

It can also spread when you share things like towels, clothing or sports gear.

Ringworm is also going around in the East Lansing area.

If ringworm is not treated, your skin could blister and the cracks could become infected with bacteria. If that happens, you will need antibiotics.


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