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What's Bugging You: The Flu!

Steven Freeman, MD ProMedica Family Physician / Sports Medicine

Illness: Bronchitis

Symptoms: Inflammation of the bronchial tubes, manifests with a cough, a low-grade fever (less 101.5), chest congestion, also may be accompanied by general aches and pains (lasts anywhere from 5 - 7 days) and will go away on it's own.

Treatment: Ibuprofen for aches and pains; if necessary an over-the-counter cough suppressant (such as Mucinex)

*When to see a doctor -- if you have asthma or emphysema (shortness of breath or wheezing or a high-grade temp) or if it persists for greater than 10 days.

Illness: Gastroenteritis

Symptoms: Nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea and sometimes vomiting (causes are typically viral, but may be bacterial)

Treatment: Consume only small food portions, Gatorade and liquids (avoid dairy) to help prevent dehydration; do not reintroduce solid foods into your diet until your appetite starts to come back.

*When to see a doctor  -- if you see blood in stool or vomit, constant vomiting, or if you experience worsening abdominal pain or a fever

Laura LeRoux, MD ProMedica Pediatrician

Illness: RSV - Bronchiolitis

Symptoms: Nasal congestion, spasmatic cough

Treatment: Nasal saline, bulb suction of nose

*Call primary care physician if baby not feeding well, increased work when breathing

Illness: Viral Illness

Symptoms: 3-5 days fever 103o -104o, sore throat, productive cough, some vomiting

Treatment: Ibuprofen, fluids and rest


Nael Bahhur, MD, CAQSM ProMedica Family Practice / Sports Medicine Adrian, MI

Illness: Strep Throat

Symptoms: Sore throat, headache, fevers/chills, abdominal pain, muscle aches.

Treatment: This condition needs to be treated with an antibiotic. 

Anyone with the above symptoms and does not improve in 2-3 days or worsens, needs to be evaluated to make sure it is not strep throat.

Illness: Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (URI) / Common Cold

Symptoms: Sinus congestion, runny nose, pot-nasal drainage, cough

Treatment: Over-the-counter (OTC) decongestants, anti-inflammatories, good hydration.  If symptoms do not improve in a few days or rapidly worsen, see a doctor.  Never take OTC medications without your doctor's approval.


Dr. Sanjay Mardolkar pediatrician at St. V's Children's

Strep throat

Symptoms: Sore throat, difficulty swallowing, slight fever, not eating b/c its hurts

Treatment: Antibiotics

Mycoplasma pneumonia--infection in the lungs

Symptoms: chronic coughing, fever, headache and sore throat

Treatment: Chest xray and blood test to confirm diagnosis; patient is then put on an antibiotic

Respiratory Syncytial Virus infection - RSV

Symptoms: Cough, stuffy or runny nose, earache, fever, mild sore throat - more serious cases could include wheezing/trouble breathing

Treatment: Most cases can be treated at home by drinking plenty of fluids, elevating head, and taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen to control fever.  If wheezing/trouble breathing, seek medical attention.

Influenza

Symptoms: Fever, headache, body aches, sore throat, fatigue, runny/stuffy nose, cough.

Treatment: seek antiviral medication in first 24-48 hours.  Annual Flu vaccine for everyone over 6 months of age.


Dr. Robert Foldvary pediatrician at Mercy Hospital of Defiance. 

Influenza 

Symptoms: Fever, headache, body aches, sore throat, fatigue, runny/stuffy nose, cough.

Treatment: Seek antiviral medication in first 24-48 hours.  Annual Flu vaccine for everyone over 6 months of age.


Dr. Sanjay Mardolkar pediatrician at St. V's Children's

Strep throat

Symptoms: Sore throat, difficulty swallowing, slight fever, not eating b/c its hurts          

Treatment: Antibiotics

Mycoplasma pneumonia--infection in the lungs

Symptoms: Chronic coughing, fever, headache and sore throat.

Treatment: Chest xray and blood test to confirm diagnosis; patient is then put on an antibiotic 

Respiratory Syncytial Virus infection - RSV

Symptoms: Cough, stuffy or runny nose, earache, fever, mild sore throat - more serious cases could include wheezing/trouble breathing

Treatment: Most cases can be treated at home by drinking plenty of fluids, elevating head, and taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen to control fever. If wheezing/trouble breathing, seek medical attention.

Influenza

Symptoms: Fever, headache, body aches, sore throat, fatigue, runny/stuffy nose, cough.

Treatment: seek antiviral medication in first 24-48 hours.  Annual Flu vaccine for everyone over 6 months of age Dr. Robert Foldvary, pediatrician at Mercy Hospital of Defiance.

Influenza

Symptoms: Fever, headache, body aches, sore throat, fatigue, runny/stuffy nose, cough.

Treatment: Seek antiviral medication in first 24-48 hours.  Annual Flu vaccine for everyone over 6 months of age.

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