What's Going Around

We start in Michigan Center, where Dr. Rubina Shaikh at Allegiance Family Medicine is treating acute bronchitis.

The main symptom is a dry and hacking cough which later may become productive. Other symptoms include low-grade fever, fatigue, muscle aches, and mild wheezing.

To treat acute bronchitis, drink plenty of fluids, use an over-the-counter cough medicine with an expectorant if your doctor recommends it, and try cough drops or hard candies to soothe a sore throat.

Symptoms usually resolve in two to three weeks. The cough can linger for up to four weeks.

In Okemos, Dr. Dennis Perry at Meridian Primary Care is treating upper respiratory infections.

The infections Dr. Perry is seeing have asthmatic-type symptoms, including: a lot of cough, fatigue, fever, some sore throat and acute bronchitis.

Many upper respiratory infections will resolve on their own with simple at-home care measures.

You should get plenty of rest. Gargling with salt water or sucking on cough drops will help soothe a sore throat. Drink a lot of fluids, and try Tylenol or Ibuprofen for pain and fever control.

Dr. Perry has also treated several cases of pneumonia, an inflammation of the lungs usually caused by infection.

Common symptoms include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sweating, shaking, chills, and chest pain.

See a doctor if you suspect pneumonia. He or she may do a chest x-ray to confirm and then prescribe antibiotics if the infection is bacterial.

You should rest, drink fluids and take fever-reducing medications.

Groups at high risk for developing complications from pneumonia include older adults, pregnant women, people who are immuno-compromised, and anyone with an underlying health condition like asthma, heart disease or diabetes.

Pneumonia caused by a virus is often addressed with at-home care measures like fluids, rest, fever-reducing medication and close monitoring.


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