What's Going Around

We start in Okemos, where Dr. Dennis Perry at Meridian Primary Care, a partner of Ingham Regional Medical Center, is treating impetigo.

Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection that is common in children.

The primary symptom is sores on the skin, especially around the nose or mouth. They begin as red spots then become blisters that eventually break open and ooze fluid, forming a yellow-brown crust. The sores may be itchy.

Impetigo should be treated by a doctor, who usually will prescribe an antibiotic ointment or cream.

You should gently wash the sores with soap and water before applying medication.

A child can usually return to school or daycare 48 hours after treatment begins.

Most sores should be healed in one week.

Dr. Perry is also treating contact dermatitis from poison ivy and lawn and garden chemicals that irritate the skin.

Symptoms are an itchy, red raised rash.

When poison ivy is the irritant, the rash forms blisters that break open and ooze fluid.

Wash the affected area immediately with soap and water.

An oral antihistamine can help relieve symptoms and prevent a secondary allergic reaction. Cold compresses can help, too.

If your case is moderate or severe, see a doctor.

In Lansing, Dr. Thomas Stout at Mount Hope Community Medical Center, also a partner of Ingham Regional, is treating hay fever.

Symptoms include: runny, stuffy nose; itchy eyes; wheezing; sneezing; and sinus pressure.

To treat hay fever, take over-the-counter antihistamines.

Saline sprays two to three times a day can help wash away dust, pollen and other allergens from the nasal passages.

See your doctor to confirm allergies, especially since colds are still going around too.

Asthmatics should stick to their prescribed regimen.

Unlike a cold, hay fever isn't caused by a virus. It's caused by an allergic response to indoor or outdoor airborne allergens.

Dr. Stout is also treating some colds and upper respiratory infections.


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