What's Going Around

By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

A lot of head colds and upper respiratory infections are going around this week. That's what Nurse Practitioner Linda Eckerson at McLaren Greater Lansing-DeWitt Family Medicine is treating this week.

Symptoms include: nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, coughing, itchy or watery eyes, fatigue and headache. You might have a fever, but that's more common in kids.

Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen, antihistamines, decongestants and cough medications.

You may use a vaporizer or humidifier to help with congestion, too.

See a doctor if you have a high fever, if your symptoms last longer than a week, or if they get worse after about five days.

Nurse Practitioner Eckerson is also treating patients with dry skin.

You have it if your skin is itchy, red, cracking, irritated and painful.

Drink eight to 10 glasses of water a day to help hydrate the skin, and cut back on caffeine and alcohol, which are dehydrating. Make sure the humidity level at your home is at 40 to 50 percent. Run a humidifier, use moisturizing soaps and hydrocortisone cream, and take shorter showers.

If your skin still hasn't gotten better after trying those at-home remedies, you should go see a doctor.

WILX.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards. Comments may take up to 24 hours or longer to appear on the site.

See full commenting rules...
powered by Disqus
WILX 500 American Road Lansing, MI 48911 517-393-0110
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 246967261 - wilx.com/a?a=246967261
Gray Television, Inc.