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asthma

AsthmaChest & Lung
August 8, 2019

Get control of your asthma this spring

Ah, spring! Flowers are in bloom; warmer weather is here, and the skies are blue. Unfortunately, so are spring allergies. If you have asthma, these affect you even more.
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Allergies
June 17, 2019

Myth-busting: The truth about allergies

Beliefs can be hard to change even after you’ve found out that they’re scientifically wrong. Allergies are no different; let’s bust the myths of allergies.
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AsthmaChest & Lung
June 17, 2019

Is mould causing your asthma?

Ever notice that green stuff growing in shady damp areas? It’s called mould. Mould is a microscopic fungus responsible for decomposing dead organic material.
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Healthy LifestyleTravel & holiday
October 22, 2018

How the ocean affects your health

A cool, salty breeze on your skin, waves softly crashing over you and endless sand to squish your toes into... There’s nothing quite like frolicking in the ocean to lift your spirits. But, did you know that taking a dip also has health benefits? Years ago, ancient Greeks bathed in seawater to boost their health, and so can you! Here are some great reasons to dive on in. It heals your skin Unlike a river, seawater has large amounts of important minerals like calcium, chloride, sodium, sulphate and magnesium. These minerals are little health helpers for skin and can help…
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AsthmaChest & Lung
October 8, 2018

New asthma treatments for better control

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways, making it difficult to breathe. With asthma, your air passages are temporarily narrowed, either by inflammation or increased mucus production. This affects the amount of oxygen that travels in and out of your lungs. Common symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and chest tightness. Triggers for asthma include sinusitis, cold and flu, allergens like mould and spores, tobacco, weather changes (e.g. cold air), irritants like perfumes, strong emotions like stress and anxiety, and medication like aspirin. With treatment, you can live with this condition, but asthma that’s not treated properly…
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News
September 19, 2018

Weed is legal now. Here’s What you need to know

Today, the court legalized private use and possession of weed (cannabis / ‘dagga’) for South Africans. What exactly is legal? You can now grow cannabis in “a private place”. You can smoke weed in the privacy of your home. What is still illegal? You cannot sell weed to anyone, in any form. You cannot smoke weed in public. So, we can smoke as much weed as we want to, as long as we're at home? Not quite. This is only the first ruling in the process. In the next 2 years, Parliament needs to sort out the following details: *…
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Chest & Lung
September 18, 2018

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is an umbrella term we use to describe any progressive lung disease. It includes chronic bronchitis, stubborn, unmanageable or severe asthma and emphysema. Chronic: It’s a long-term condition and doesn’t go away. Obstructive: Your airways are narrowed, which makes it harder to breathe out quickly. Pulmonary: It affects your lungs. Disease: It’s a medical condition. Symptoms The most common symptoms of COPD are breathlessness (a “need for air”), chronic cough, and mucus production. COPD develops slowly and becomes apparent after the age of 40 or 50 years. As the condition gradually worsens, your usual activities like…
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AsthmaChest & Lung
August 10, 2018

These foods can make your asthma worse

If you have asthma, it’s important to always be aware of your triggers and find ways of avoiding them. Your triggers aren’t limited to just your environment. It’s worth taking a look at your diet. Having asthma puts you at an increased risk of having a food allergy which can cause asthma symptoms. In some people, exercising after eating an allergy-causing food leads to asthma symptoms. Not everyone will react the same way to the same foods. So, watch your reaction to particular foods and avoid them if necessary. Some of the foods that may cause an allergic reaction: eggs…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
June 18, 2018

5 reasons you’re coughing constantly

It's annoying to sit next to someone who just keeps coughing. What's worse, is when that someone is you. The coughing reflex has an important purpose, but what do you do when it doesn't go away? When you cough, you bring up mucous and harmful substances from your airways: it keeps your airways clear, so you can get oxygen into your lungs. You could also cough if you're i'll, and your lungs secrete mucous to get rid of the germs. Most coughs only last for a few days or weeks and then you feel better, but when . If your…
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General knowledge
June 11, 2018

What causes hiccups?

You're in the middle of telling your friends how your weekend was, when “hic!” your body jerks and your throat quickly contracts. Oh man! You have the hiccups again. Why does this happen, and how do you make it stop? Hiccups are involuntary contractions from your diaphragm, the muscle that separates your chest from your abdomen. The diaphragm plays an important role in breathing. When you hiccup, your vocal cords are blocked after each contraction which causes you to make the “hic” sound. Hiccups are usually harmless, but in some cases, they may be linked to a serious condition. Why…
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