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Whooping cough usually occurs in waves in Texas with peaks every three to five years.

Outdoor spring clean-up activities are causing Nurse Practitioner Linda Eckerson's patients to seek treatment for muscle strains and sinus headaches at McLaren Greater Lansing-DeWitt Family Medicine.

Symptoms of a sinus headache include a deep, constant pain in the cheekbones, forehead or bridge of the nose. The pain usually intensifies with sudden head movement or straining. You may also have nasal discharge, fever, facial swelling or a feeling of fullness in the ears.

You might need antihistamines like Benadryl, a decongestant like Sudafed, or a nasal spray like Afrin, as well as pain relievers. Antibiotics may be necessary to treat an infection.

You should also drink more fluids, use a humidifier, and try a salt water nasal spray.

Nurse Practitioner Eckerson is also treating people with muscle strains.

You'll have swelling, bruising or redness over the muscle, as well as pain or weakness.

To treat a muscle sprain, use the PRICE treatment:
--Protect from further injury
--Rest
--Ice
--Compress with elastic bandage
--Elevate whenever possible

Also take NSAIDs like aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen.

You should see a doctor if those at-home measures don't bring significant relief within 24 hours.


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