What's Going Around

Dr. Dennis Perry at Meridian Primary Care in Okemos, a partner of McLaren-Greater Lansing, is treating Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease this week.

At first, your child may feel tired, get a sore throat or have a fever around 101 to 103 degrees. Then, in a day or two, sores or blisters will develop on hands, feet, the mouth and, sometimes, the buttocks.

Hand-foot-and-mouth usually doesn't need treatment. Most cases go away in seven to 10 days.

Your child should drink plenty of cool fluids and take Tylenol or Ibuprofen for pain and fever. Do not give your child aspirin.

Avoid acidic or spicy foods like orange juice or salsa .

Dr. Perry is also seeing lots of patients with strep throat this week.

The hallmark symptoms are: sudden, severe sore throat; pain when swallowing; fever over 101 degrees; tender, swollen lymph nodes; fatigue and headache.

Sometimes there are white or yellow patches on the tonsils and throat.

Kids may have nausea, vomiting, and a red rash on the body known as Scarlet Fever.

If you have a sore throat and a fever, you should see a doctor for antibiotics.

At home, take Motrin or Tylenol for fever and pain, gargle with warm salt water, rest and drink lots of fluids.

Strep usually runs its course in three to seven days.

Antibiotics will shorten the time you're contagious, which is usually 24 hours after starting treatment, and reduce the risk of the infection spreading to other parts of your body.


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