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Typical summer ailments are keeping local doctors busy this week.

Physician Asst. Dan Moore at McLaren-Greater Lansing Internal Medicine in Lansing is treating seasonal allergies.

Symptoms include: runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and nose, and dark circles under the eyes.

Avoid allergens, if at all possible. Use lubricating eye drops and cool compresses for eye discomfort. Take antihistamines, too.

If you have asthma, follow your doctor's prescribed regimen.

Moore is also treating patients with poison ivy.

The hallmark symptom is an itchy, red, raised rash that appears in lines or streaks. The rash forms blisters that break open and ooze clear fluid. You may also have localized swelling and a feeling of warmth at the exposed area.

Most cases of poison ivy can be treated at home.

The rash isn't contagious but the plant oil is, which is why it's important to wash the skin immediately with soap and water. Wash your clothes, too.

Take an oral antihistamine, and apply hydrocortisone cream and calamine lotion. Use a cool compress, too.

If you have a severe case of poison ivy, see a doctor. Indicators your case is severe are: swelling of the face, mouth, neck or eyelids; a rash widespread across the body, and signs of infection.


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