April 8, 2019

What is the difference between viral and bacterial infections?

It’s important to understand the difference between a bacterial and viral infection. Even though both infections can cause similar symptoms, they are treated very differently.
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Medication & Treatment
March 7, 2018

My phlegm is yellow – do I need antibiotics?

Coughing and wheezing, sniffles and sneezing are all symptoms of a cold, flu or even a sinus infection. These symptoms may leave you feeling down and lousy. Over-the-counter medication may have not eased the symptoms. Is it time for antibiotics? An antibiotic is not ‘stronger’ than other medication Would you say that spoons are stronger than scissors? Of course not. We understand that scissors have a different function to spoons: the one is used for cutting, and the other is used for dishing up. The same rule applies to antibiotics: it's not stronger than other medication: it is different. It works…
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Medication & Treatment
January 5, 2018

When can you stop taking your medication?

You’ve been on antibiotics for a few days now to combat that infection, but you’re already feeling much better. Should you stop taking your meds? Or maybe you are taking meds for your blood pressure, but you don’t feel sick anymore. Is it fine to stop taking them? Absolutely not! Your doctor prescribed your medication for a reason. If you don’t take your medication exactly as prescribed, you can have many complications, such as unnecessary hospitalisation, delayed recovery, increased healthcare costs and even death. Why people stop too soon Many people stop taking their medication when they feel better. Once…
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Medication & Treatment
August 19, 2016

All about antibiotics

This week I have been inundated with patients suffering from flu-like symptoms, and all wanting antibiotics to get them better quickly!! Unfortunately, most of the time their symptoms are due to viral infections and I've sent them off to the pharmacy with a battery of medications, but no antibiotics. "How can you be so cruel?", I hear you ask. Well let’s take a closer look at antibiotics before you judge me!  (more…)
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June 4, 2016

The superbug is here, what is our last resort?

For several years, scientists warned us: “If we’re not more careful with how we use antibiotics, we’ll soon have a mutant bacteria that cannot be killed by any of the antibiotics we have – not even the strongest one!” Well, that day has come. (more…)
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General knowledge
December 31, 2015

Medical Breakthroughs in 2015

You might not see it every day, but we live in a country that is continuously making medical history - way back from the first heart transplant to the very recent penis transplant! South Africa is truly home to some of the world's most brilliant people. But we’re not the only ones - here are some of the best medical breakthroughs that happened across the globe this year! (more…)
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Child HealthParenting
October 25, 2015

My baby has an ear infection – again!

Is your baby restless, irritable and pulling at her ear? She’s more than likely suffering from an ear infection – a common complaint in young children between the ages of 6 and 18 months. (more…)
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Medication & Treatment
June 23, 2015

Antibiotics – when to say no!

Infections. When we feel ill, we go straight to the doc for antibiotics to feel better. The problem is: in some cases, antibiotics are the worst thing you can take! Do you know what antibiotics do to your body? (more…)
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Medication & Treatment
February 3, 2014

Antibiotics: Questions to ask your doctor

In our previous blog post on antibiotics, we took a closer look at what these amazing medicines are all about, how they help our body, and the similarities between the thousands of different types of antibiotics available. (more…)
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