Physician Assistant Dan Moore at McLaren Greater Lansing Internal Medicine is treating upper respiratory infections this week.
They are usually contagious.
Symptoms are: nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, scratchy throat, sneezing, coughing, itchy or watery eyes, fatigue and headache. Occasionally there will be a fever, but mostly in children.
Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fever and pain. You can also try over-the-counter antihistamines, decongestants and cough medicines.
You may want to use a vaporizer or humidifier to help with congestion.
Viral upper respiratory infections usually last a week or two.
See a doctor if you have a high fever, pain in the face or upper teeth, if symptoms last longer than a week, or if they get worse over the first five to seven days.
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