Dr. Jabaly shares preventative tips for upcoming flu and cold season

Wendy Cornett

The approach of colder weather brings an onslaught of allergies, flu viruses, colds and stomach bugs, which is why proactive measures like maintaining ideal indoor temperatures and humidity levels, communicating with your doctor and closely monitoring any symptoms are so important, emphasized Dr. Georges Jabaly, founder of MN Angels Adult and Pediatric Care.

One unusual – but typically benign – virus has already struck the Toledo area, he explained.

“Over the last two or three weeks, I’ve noticed a lot of people coming in with abdominal pain and cramping – could have nausea; could have vomiting – but there’s no diarrhea, no fever, no urinary symptoms,” he said. “It seems to me this is some sort of unique virus. Most people end up going to the ER and doing a lot of testing. The majority of the cases are benign, but the most important factor is to keep an eye on it, check with your doctor and watch it.”

To help curb outbreaks of viruses – especially in children – keep your home humid enough and warm enough during colder weather, Dr. Jabaly added.

“Otherwise, children will have upper respiratory symptoms, nose congestion, sore throat and coughing, and this problem will continue and get repeated over and over.”

Show your support for local businesses! Georges Jabaly, MD – MN Angels is located at 4405 N. Holland Sylvania Road, Toledo. Call (419) 882-6784 for more information, or visit www.mnangels.com.

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