What's Going Around

By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

What's going around this week develops from a cold or other respiratory infection.

Nurse Practitioner Linda Eckerson at McLaren Greater Lansing-DeWitt Family Medicine is treating bronchitis this week.

The primary symptoms are wheezing and a persistent cough. You may also have shortness of breath, fatigue, and chest discomfort.

Bronchitis will usually clear up on its own in two to three weeks.

Rest, drink fluids, use a warm mist humidifier, and bundle up before you go outside.

If you have asthma, stick to your prescribed regimen.

See a doctor if:
--Your cough is severe or prevents you from sleeping
--You have a low-grade fever for more than three days, or a fever higher than 101 degrees
--You have chronic lung or heart problems
--You cough up bloody or very discolored mucus

Seek emergency medical attention if you have trouble breathing or chest pain.

You may have chronic bronchitis if you have a cough with mucus most days of the month for three months of the year for at least two years in a row.

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