If you’re seeing more people sniffling, sneezing and coughing these days, you’re not alone. We’ve asked physicians with the Memorial Hermann Medical Group (MHMG) to tell us what’s going around in their areas:
Amanda Chan, M.D. — Memorial Hermann Medical Group Fannin Pediatrics
The current flu season has just started and we are seeing more and more children testing positive for the flu. The most common symptoms of the flu include high fevers, chills, headaches, body aches and fatigue. For children with the flu, it is important to treat the fever and keep him or her hydrated. Consider visiting a pediatrician to make sure there are no additional conditions that need to be treated, as the flu can make kids more susceptible to other infections.
Divya Gupta, M.D. — Memorial Hermann Medical Group in Rosenberg
New Year Check-Ups
The start of a new year is a good time to make an appointment with your healthcare provider and discuss your short- and long-term health goals. Reaching these goals starts with a healthy lifestyle, identifying your risk factors and managing chronic health conditions. A healthy lifestyle includes exercising daily, eating whole grains, lean meat, fruits and vegetables, and avoiding processed foods when possible. It’s also a good idea to check your weight, blood pressure, and – if needed – cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Also, take advantage of age specific preventive health services, including the mammogram, colonoscopy and vaccines.
Preeti Kodali, M.D.— Memorial Hermann Medical Group in Sugar Land
Sinusitis occurs when the nasal and sinus passages become inflamed due to a virus or bacterial infection. This often leads to nasal congestion, facial pain or pressure, cough, headaches and fever. Sinusitis is most often caused by a virus and symptoms usually improve within 10 days. Treatment involves rest, hydration, saline nasal sprays, saline irrigation and anti-inflammatory medication – such as Tylenol – for fevers and/or pain. Antibiotics typically are not needed unless symptoms are severe or persist beyond 10 days. If you are prescribed an antibiotic for a sinus infection, be sure to complete your entire course of medication.
Heather Peniuk, M.D.— Memorial Hermann Urgent Care in Clear Lake
We are beginning to see an uptick in flu cases overall. Most healthy adults with the flu may be infectious to others beginning one day before their symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after they become sick. Children and adults with weakened immune systems might be infectious to others for an even longer period of time. Those with the flu should drink plenty of water, get a lot of rest and avoid close contact with others to prevent spreading the illness. A physician may also prescribe an antiviral drug to help treat the flu.
Alexis Phillips-Walker, D.O. — Memorial Hermann Medical Group Pediatrics Atascocita
This time of year, we are seeing many children coming down with a cold, which is often caused by several types of viruses and results in sneezing, nasal congestion, sore throat, cough and a low-grade fever. Infants and children get colds more often than adults and experience prolonged symptoms. The majority of colds are transmitted by hand contact, which is why we encourage good hand hygiene. Tylenol or Motrin can help treat fevers greater than 100.4 degrees. However, the FDA does not recommend giving over-the-counter cough and cold medicines to children under the age of 2. It is also important to note that coughs can last up to two weeks after the cold has resolved.
Cynthia Ripsin, M.D. — Memorial Hermann Medical Group in League City
The New Year is a time to commit to improved fitness habits, but for some, things like their job, family and school obligations, or even the weather may have gotten them off track. While 45 minutes of moderate aerobic activity five times every week is ideal, recent studies suggest similar fitness can be achieved by doing the following daily 10-minute workout, using a stationary bike, treadmill or elliptical:
- Pedal/walk moderately for two minutes, then as rapidly as possible for 20 seconds.
- Repeat three times.
- Wrap up with two minutes of moderate activity and one minute cool down.
Commit to this short routine every day to improve your fitness!
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