What's Going Around

Local doctors explain what they

For mosquitoes, people are concerned about Dengue and West Nile Fever.

The summer weather's here, and so are mosquitoes.

Mosquito bites are what Nurse Practitioner Linda Eckerson at McLaren Greater Lansing- DeWitt Family Medicine is treating this week.

You know the symptoms:
--A puffy white bump that shows up a few minutes after you've been bitten
--A hard, itchy, reddish-brown bump appears after a day or so
--Swelling
--Dark spots that look like bruises

Try your hardest not to itch. Use hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion or ice to soothe itchiness.

If you have a stronger reaction, taking Benadryl may ease your body's response.

Nurse Practitioner Eckerson is also treating a lot of people who are dehydrated. You'll be tired, thirsty, dizzy, or lightheaded, and have dry lips, tongue and skin. You may also have a headache.

You can usually reverse mild to moderate dehydration by drinking more fluids, like a sports drink that has electrolytes.

If you're outside when it's hot and muggy, it's important to drink lots of fluids. If you wait until you're thirsty to drink, you're already dehydrated.


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