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Nurse Practitioner Linda Eckerson at McLaren Greater Lansing-DeWitt Family Medicine is treating patients with strep throat this week.

Hallmark symptoms are: sudden, severe sore throat; pain when swallowing; fever; tender, swollen lymph nodes; fatigue, and headache. You may also have white or yellow patches on the tongue or throat. Kids are prone to nausea and vomiting and may develop a red rash on the body known as scarlet fever.

Anyone with a sore throat and a fever should see a doctor. Strep is treated with antibiotics.

You can also take Motrin or Tylenol, gargle with warm salt water, rest, and drink fluids.

Strep usually runs its course within three to seven days.

Nurse Practitioner Eckerson has also seen a case of chickenpox in an unvaccinated child.

You'll have a rash that turns into itchy, fluid-filled blisters that eventually scab over. A day or two prior to the rash developing, you may have a high fever, be tired, lose your appetite, and have a headache.

Calamine lotion can help with itching; take acetaminophen for fever. Call your doctor if you're older than 12, have a weakened immune system, or are pregnant.

Chickenpox usually lasts about five to 10 days. It can be serious in babies, adults, and people with weakened immune systems.


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