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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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Infections
November 13, 2017

What exactly is sepsis?

Sepsis sounds dangerous – and it is. It’s another word for blood poisoning, when our bodies react to a severe infection. We look at this condition, its symptoms and how to treat it. What is sepsis? Not all cuts, scrapes or minor infections need medical attention. But sometimes, a seemingly small infection can be deadly when it spreads to the blood and organs. When your blood reaches a certain level of infection, doctors refer to this as sepsis. Sepsis is also known as septicaemia or blood poisoning. This doesn't mean you were poisoned - rather, it's a serious reaction to…
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Colds
October 27, 2017

When does flu become dangerous?

Are you prepared for the flu season? Find out what you should watch out for, and whether you’re at risk for complications. What is Flu? Influenza (flu) is a viral disease that develop very quickly, spreading through your upper respiratory tract and sometimes progressing to your lungs. It’s highly contagious and it’s spread through airborne water droplets (when someone coughs or sneezes) or through close contact with an infected person. What are the Signs and Symptoms of Flu? General flu symptoms include a fever sore throat headache muscle pain stuffy nose cough body discomfort Certain, more severe strains of flu…
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Infections
April 29, 2017

The ABCs of hepatitis

Hepatitis simply means that the liver is inflamed. This can be caused by various things. Some substances (like excessive alcohol and certain medications) are toxic to the liver. There are also some infectious causes of hepatitis. When a hepatitis virus reaches your liver, it infects their cells and multiplies inside them. The body's immune system tries to destroy these cells. This attack by white blood cells causes liver-cell damage and inflammation. Chronic viral hepatitis can cause irreversible liver damage. Types Hepatitis A, B and C viruses are unrelated to one another, but all target the liver. Hepatitis A is a…
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Infections
April 5, 2017

Why do I get sick when the seasons change?

"Put on a jersey, or you'll catch a cold!" Your grandma, mother or aunt has probably told you this at some stage. In fact, maybe you are that mother or aunt? Although you may mean well, this old wives' tale isn't entirely true: the cold temperature won't give you a cold. So why do we associate colds and flu with the winter season? Does the temperature have anything to do with it? Spring & Fall It may not be the cold weather that makes you sick. However, it's true that certain viruses flourish in cooler weather. It's these viruses that…
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Fungal infectionsSkin
February 12, 2017

Ditch the itch of fungal skin infections

Cracked feet? Red? Burning? Itchy? It could be a fungal infection. A fungal infection can form on different parts of your body. Fungi are reproduced by spreading microscopic spores. These spores are present in soil, air and wherever it can be inhaled or come into contact with your body, and specifically your skin or lungs. Strange marks on your feet? Talk to one of our Doctors about it – it’s completely confidential. Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that usually causes cracked, red and itchy skin between your toes. You may also develop red, dry and cracked skin and bumps…
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InfectionsSexual Health
January 23, 2017

Mono, the kissing no-no

The month of love is here and you’re finally ready to confess your feelings to your crush, flowers and chocolate in hand. But before you pucker up, consider mono, also known as the kissing disease. (more…)
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HygieneInfections
January 8, 2017

Typhoid outbreak – what you need to know

There has been a recent warning that South Africans could face a Typhoid outbreak after the summer holidays. Hospitals and healthcare centers have been notified to be on high alert, since the Typhoid infections that started in Zimbabwe, could spread here when holiday-goers come back after their holidays. via GIPHY What is Typhoid fever? Typhoid fever is an infection caused by a bacteria (Salmonella Typhi). It spreads easily through food and water contaminated by sewerage. You can also get it from someone who has the infection. It's quite common in overcrowded areas with overcrowding & poor sanitation. How do you…
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