What's Going Around

Strep throat is going around in Lansing.

It's keeping Dr. Trinh Nguyen at Mount Hope Community Medical Center, a partner of Ingham Regional Medical Center, busy.

The most common symptoms are: a sudden, severe sore throat, pain when you swallow, fever higher than 101 degrees, swollen tonsils and lymph nodes, and white or yellow spots on the back of a bright red throat.

You may also have a headache and belly pain.

Less common symptoms include: a red skin rash, vomiting, loss of appetite, and body aches.

Strep throat is contagious, so you should see a doctor if you think you have it. Although it typically goes away on its own, antibiotics are the usual treatment.

To feel better, drink lots of fluids, increase humidity to keep your throat moist, and get plenty of rest.

Over-the-counter medicines can help relieve pain and reduce fever.

It's important to stay home the first day you're on antibiotics because you're still contagious.

Strep throat is a bacterial infection in the throat and the tonsils.


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