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Infections
October 8, 2018

Measles 101

Measles is an infectious illness caused by the rubeola virus. And although there is a vaccine for measles, it’s still one of the leading causes of death in children. The measles virus is found in the mucus of your nose and throat. This means you can get the virus by breathing in when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. It’s so contagious that you can get it simply by being in the same room as an infected person. If you haven’t been vaccinated and come into contact with someone who has measles, you are very much at risk of…
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Infections
September 18, 2018

Can kissing make you sick?

Kissing is a love language. It’s a show of affection – but it does come with health risks! The good news is that with good oral hygiene, you can kiss up a storm with peace of mind… Diseases can be spread from person to person in several ways and this includes: Contact spreading: During kissing, or indirectly when you touch a contaminated surface or object. Droplet spreading: Infected droplets from the nose and throat may travel around a metre before they drop onto a surface. At times, infected droplets can linger in the air. You can get an infection through…
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FluInfections
August 3, 2018

How to get bed rest when you have the flu

Your head is pounding, your nose is stuffy and you have a terrible cough. Your doctor suggested “bed rest”, but how are you supposed to rest when you feel awful? When you have the flu, your body takes a toll and must repair itself. This means rest. Staying in bed and resting helps speed up the healing process while attempting to soldier through your symptoms will only leave you sick for longer. A healthy person who rests and follows their doctor’s prescribed medication should recover from the flu within 10 days. On the other hand, without bed rest, a healthy…
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Infections
July 16, 2018

What is pancreatitis?

Your pancreas is the organ that sits just behind the lower part of your stomach. When it’s inflamed you have what is called pancreatitis. The main function of the pancreas is to produce and discharge hormones and enzymes that help with digestion and regulate your blood sugar (glucose). How does this happen? Digestive enzymes are released through the pancreatic duct into the small intestine where they’re activated to help break down fats and proteins. Digestive hormones produced by the pancreas are released into the blood stream where they help regulate blood sugar levels. What is pancreatitis? Pancreatitis can either be…
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Infections
July 16, 2018

What is cat scratch disease?

Your kitten’s little claws may seem harmless, but his scratch may not be. Cat scratch disease (CSD) is a bacterial infection spread by cats. The disease starts when cats become infected from a bacteria, usually passed on by a flea. The infection can spread to humans when the infected cat licks a person’s open wound, or bites or scratches a person hard enough to break the surface of their skin. You can also get CSD from the saliva of an infected cat if it gets into an open wound or touches the whites of your eyes. It takes about three…
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FluHealthy LifestyleInfectionsWork
July 16, 2018

How sick is too sick to go to work?

Just how sick do you have to be to stay home? But how sick can you be to qualify for a day off? Well, truth is if you’re really feeling unwell and especially if you have a fever, you need to stay home. You also have to consider whether you’re putting yourself or others at risk if you go to work. If the symptoms of your condition, or the side-effects of medication could cause an injury or accident on the job, affect others, or if your work flow is interrupted and you can’t focus, then you need to stay at…
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Infections
June 18, 2018

Do you need a shingles vaccine?

Itchy, scabby skin, fluid-filled blisters, fatigue and a fever. Not fun, right? When you’re finally recovering from those painful symptoms of chickenpox, you feel a tremendous sense of relief. But what if the chickenpox virus comes back to visit? Chickenpox is caused by the varicella zoster virus.  When you recover from chickenpox, it may seem as if the virus is gone, but it just becomes dormant in your nerve tissues. Certain people can live their entire lives unaware of this, with no symptoms. However, if your immune system suffers a blow, the virus can be reactivated, and shingles will develop.…
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FluInfections
June 12, 2018

How long does the flu last?

You’ve been coughing and sneezing for what seems like forever! “When will it end?” Well, if your symptoms include a fever, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, fatigue and sometimes, diarrhoea and vomiting… then you should stay home and avoid contact with other people. Flu stages Unlike a common cold, the effects of an influenza virus can come on very quickly. Flu symptoms usually start within one to four days after the infection. Flu often has signs of fever or chills. A headache, sore throat, dry cough, runny nose, muscle aches, and fatigue follow after. As…
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FluInfections
April 20, 2018

Is chicken soup good for flu?

Chilly months seem to go hand-in-hand with colds and flu. There’s the inevitable itch in your throat, coughing, headache – and of course, the sniffles. Before downing your over-the-counter medication, is it worth trying that old natural remedy: chicken soup? It’s delicious, warm and filled with nutrients – and seems to do the trick. Here’s why. Magic liquid According to studies, cooking chicken releases the amino acid cysteine, which resembles a drug that can treat upper respiratory infections. Even better, when you add vegetables to your soup, you’re adding vitamins too, which ups your flu-fighting capabilities. Drinking liquid broth soups…
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InfectionsNews
March 5, 2018

Listeria outbreak: Get rid of these meats immediately!

Have you recently bought Viennas, Polony, Frankfurters or ANY processed meat? Get rid of it immediately, or return it to the shop where you purchased it. 180 people have already died from Listeriosis contaminated meats produced by Enterprise foods and Rainbow chicken.  The facts: Any processed meat from Enterprise Foods and Rainbow Chicken could be contaminated with Listeriosis. If you bought any processed meats from shops like Checkers, Woolworths or Pick n Pay, make sure you return the meat to the shop, or dispose of it ASAP. 948 people have been infected, and 180 people have died from Listeriosis infection.…
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