What's Going Around

By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

It may seem like a simple summer cold, but for infants and children it could become a lot worse.

Dr. Dennis Perry at Meridian Primary Care in Okemos, a partner of McLaren-Greater Lansing, is seeing cases of enterovirus, which is a viral infection common during the winter months.

Symptoms include: sore throat, mild headache and a high fever that can last up to five days.

Because it's a viral infection, antibiotics won't work.The best way to treat enterovirus is to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help relieve the pain and bring down the fever.

Dr. Perry is also treating sports injuries like sprains and strains.

The best remedy is to follow the RICE treatment, which is rest, ice, compression and elevate.

Dr. Rubina Shaikh at Allegiance Family Medicine--Michigan Center is seeing a rash of poison ivy cases.

Symptoms include: an uncomfortable red, itchy rash; burning skin; and swelling, blisters or hives.

To treat poison ivy, Dr. Shaikh suggests taking a cool shower and using over-the-counter lotions.

See a doctor if the rash is severe. Most cases clear up within five to 12 days.

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