What's Going Around

We start in Cascade Ridge, where Dr. Margo Ferguson of Allegiance Family Medicine is treating urinary tract infections.

Symptoms include: pain or burning while urinating, more frequent urination or not being able to urinate, and pain or pressure in the stomach.

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

If you're experiencing symptoms, see a doctor. He or she can prescribe antibiotics. It's also important to drink plenty of fluids.

In Okemos, Dr. Thomas Stout at Ingham Community Medical Center, a partner of Ingham Regional Medical Center, is treating upper respiratory infections.

The hallmark symptom is a dry, hacking cough that lasts as long as two weeks in adults.

Other symptoms include: cough, nasal congestion and sore throat.

Rest and fluids are the best treatment.

Many upper respiratory infections will clear up on their own, but you can suck on cough drops or hard candies to soothe a dry or sore throat.

If you have asthma, you should call a doctor and stick to your prescribed regimen.

You should also call a doctor if your cough is severe or accompanied by a fever.

If you have a high fever and all-over body aches, you may have the flu, not just an upper respiratory infection.

These upper respiratory infections are also leading to secondary infections, like ear and sinus infections.


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