What's Going Around

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

We begin in Lansing, where an onset of late summer allergies are keeping Dr. Thomas Stout at Mount Hope Community Medical Center, a partner of Ingham Regional, busy this week.

Dr. Stout says it's caused by the start of ragweed season.

Symptoms include: nasal stuffiness, headache, congestion, wheezing, fatigue and itchy watery eyes.

Those symptoms can last for several days.

To treat these allergies, try over-the-counter antihistamines or saline nasal sprays.

If the allergies are severe, see a doctor. He or she may prescribe allergy shots, or a short burst of steroids like prednisone.

Dr. Rubina Shaikh at Allegiance Family Medicine - Michigan Center, is treating urinary tract infections.

Symptoms include: pain or burning sensation while urinating, more frequent urination, or not being able to urinate.

Symptoms that are more serious include: nausea and vomiting, lower back pain, fever and chills.

If you have these symptoms, see a doctor. He or she may prescribe antibiotics.

Women tend to have urinary tract infections more often than men do, particularly pregnant or menopausal women.

In order to reduce the risk of a urinary tract infection, drink lots of healthy liquids like water or cranberry juice.

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