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What's Bugging You? Strep throat, pneumonia, pink eye

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

Strep throat

Symptoms: sore throat, difficulty swallowing, slight fever, not eating b/c it hurts

Treatment: antibiotics

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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

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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.

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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

Treatment: antibiotics

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Bacterial sinusitis

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

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Dr. Andrew Gase, Mercy Hospital of Tiffin

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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Dr. William Gray, Bixby Medical Center

Blissfield 

Illness/Condition: Viral sore throat

Symptoms: Sore throat, hoarse voice                

Easy remedies: Humidifier, vocal rest, Chloraseptic spray and throat lozenges  

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Illness/Condition: Mononucleosis      

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

Illness/Condition: Gastroenteritis

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.

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Illness/Condition: Bronchitis

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.