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Child HealthParenting
May 13, 2019

Does your child have meningitis? Know the danger signs

Spotting meningitis can be tricky, and it can be easy for your little one to develop it without you knowing. By getting to know the signs and symptoms, you can ensure your child gets the right treatment before it becomes serious.
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HeadachesSymptoms, Aches & Pains
December 8, 2017

6 types of headaches and how to treat them

It’s crunch time. Exams are around the corner and your stress levels are through the roof. This, unfortunately, also affects your concentration levels and you find yourself with a headache at the end of each day. According to research conducted by The Headache Clinic, 18% of women and six percent of men suffer from migraines. A headache is not just a headache. There are different types, caused by different things. Popping a pill to ease the tension isn’t always enough; you should identify where your head hurts and know which treatment is best to get rid of the ache. Headache…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
November 16, 2017

What does it mean to be dehydrated?

Amazingly, your body is made up of 2/3 water! It’s essential for many processes in your body, from lubricating your eyes and joints, to aiding digestion, flushing waste and keeping skin supple and healthy. But when the normal water content in your body is reduced, it upsets the delicate balance of minerals, which has a huge effect on how your body functions. Usually, your body re-absorbs fluid from your blood and other tissues if it needs, but by the time severe dehydration sets in, there’s no longer enough fluid to get blood to your organs. This sends you into shock,…
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HeadachesSymptoms, Aches & Pains
February 28, 2017

Is this a migraine or a sinus headache?

You feel the familiar throb of a headache beginning and just like that your day is ruined. Everyone gets a headache from time to time, and they can vary tremendously in severity to disrupt your life. It’s important to know the type of headache you have so that you can treat it properly. It’s easy to confuse a migraine and sinus headache, but there are differences. Your sinuses are air-filled spaces inside your forehead, cheekbones, and behind the bridge of your nose. When they’re inflamed, it’s usually from an allergic reaction or infection. These conditions make your sinuses swell, creating…
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Headaches
June 25, 2016

5 practical ways to prevent a migraine

The cause of a migraine is up for debate. Some experts think it may be due to…let’s stop right there! We know that when you have one, you don’t care why you have it, you just want it to disappear! With the pain and discomfort, your first thought is probably to take medication, but prescription migraine medications are expensive and have side effects. So here are some practical ways to prevent migraine: 1. Change your diet. Foods that can trigger a migraine include: cheese, red wine, chocolate, caffeine and even egg whites. It’s important to know which of these is your…
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Headaches
January 11, 2015

Why am I dizzy?

The room spins and you feel light-headed, as if you could pass out. Or maybe you walk down the corridor, when it starts feeling like you're on a ship, rocking back-and-forth. Other than that, you may not have any symptoms. What could be wrong? What causes dizziness? Dizziness can be a side effect of a minor health issue, but it can also be a sign of something more serious - here are some of the usual causes of dizziness. (more…)
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Headaches
January 2, 2015

Migraines: Tips on helping you get through it

Do you feel a headache coming or are you suffering from one right now? It's a real pain (pardon the pun), especially while you're at work. More often than not, headaches and migraines affect your productivity at work and your ability to do things when you're at home, like cook. Sometimes headaches are so strong that all you want to do is sleep. So what should you do about it? The good news is, there are ways to find relief. Many effective treatments exist for persisting headaches, including over-the-counter medication, biofeedback, injections and implants, depending upon the precise type of headache.…
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Headaches
January 8, 2014

Have a headache? know when it’s time to see a doctor

Headaches are a common affliction many people deal with on a regular basis. However, should you be concerned about your headaches and when should you see a doctor? There are many causes of headaches and seldom are they related to something severe, like a brain tumour. Most headaches can easily be treated with home remedies or a trip to the local pharmacy. Headaches are often caused by colds, eye-strain, sinus infection, dehydration, low blood sugar or stress. Dr. Albert Viljoen suggests taking an over-the-counter painkiller with a glass of water when you get a headache. However, if you notice any…
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Headaches
November 22, 2013

6 Ways to treat a migraine

Many effective treatments exist for persisting headaches, including over-the-counter medication, biofeedback, injections and implants, depending upon the precise type of headache. Botox also provides a useful means of effectively and safely treating headaches.  Try these useful tips the next time you experience a headache! Apply an ice pack to the painful area of your head. Try placing it on your forehead, temples, or the back of your neck. Take a warm bath or shower; a nap, or a walk. Ask someone to rub your neck and back, or treat yourself to an aromatherapy massage. Apply gentle, steady rotating pressure to…
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