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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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Gut & digestionHygieneInfections
October 1, 2016

You have worms!?

Let's flip a coin. Heads or tails? What are your chances of guessing correctly? 50%, right? Well, that's about the same chance of you having worms in your gut at this very moment. We know, it's disgusting, and you'd rather not think about it. But think about it: if they're in there right now, sharing your lunch, wouldn't you want to get rid of them - heads and tails? (more…)

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Infections
August 13, 2016

What to do with your runny nose

Is your nose running on overdrive? You’ve barely just finished blowing your nose and you’re already reaching for another tissue! (more…)

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Fungal infectionsSkin
August 10, 2016

Fungal infection of the nails

Just as you’re about to have your nails painted a trendy new colour, your beauty therapist notices something: ”Perhaps you should let your doctor take a look at your nails,” she says. “I think you might have a fungal infection.” (more…)

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Infections
August 4, 2016

It only takes one time to get an STD!

Perhaps you think: “it just won’t happen to me” - or you’re too embarrassed or intimidated to insist on using a condom.  Maybe you’ve had too much to drink, or you think you can just throw caution to the wind because, you know, you only live once… (more…)

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