Dr. Sanjay Mardolkar, pediatrician at St. V's Children's
Symptoms: sore throat, difficulty swallowing, slight fever, not eating b/c it hurts
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.
Dr. Robert Foldvary, pediatrician at Mercy Hospital of Defiance
Conjunctivitis - pink eye
Symptoms: redness of the eye, swelling of the eyelids, watering of the eye, itching/burning feeling, drainage from eye, blurred vision, increased sensitivity to light
Symptoms: headache, facial pain/pressure, stuffy nose, fever, tooth pain, reduced sense of taste and smell
Treatment: antibiotics, drink plenty of fluids, saltwater nasal washes, decongestants
Dr. Andrew Gase, Mercy Hospital of Tiffin
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. William Gray, Bixby Medical Center
Illness/Condition: Viral sore throat
Symptoms: Sore throat, hoarse voice
Easy remedies: Humidifier, vocal rest, Chloraseptic spray and throat lozenges
Symptoms: Fatigue, sore throat
Easy remedies: Fluids, rest, see your physician if symptoms last greater than one week.
Dr. Kristen Bodine, ProMedica Physician Group, Sylvania
Symptoms: Nasal congestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and chills
Remedies: Recommended remedies: over the counter medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen for fever and to relieve aches; lots of fluids, anywhere from a few sips every 10 or 15 minutes or an ounce or two an hour (juice, water or tea); consume light meals, such as "The Brat Diet," which consists of a banana, rice, apple sauce and toast. The Brat Diet can help reduce nausea and slow down diarrhea;
*When to see a doctor: if symptoms persist for more than 24-48 hours, please see your family physician. However, if you are a diabetic or have other medical problems (heart or kidney problems), it's important to see your physician as soon as symptoms begin.
Symptoms: Nasal congestion, frequent cough, moderate shortness of breath (occasional wheezing)
Remedies: Drink plenty of fluids; Take Tylenol or ibuprofen to relieve fever and aches.
*When to see a doctor: If you start experiencing difficulty talking or become winded after short walks.