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Infections
April 8, 2019

Do you have a viral rash?

A viral rash is, as its name suggests, caused by a virus. Like viral infections, viral rashes mostly affect toddlers and children. They generally look like splotches, red spots or raised bumps, but this can change, depending on the type of rash. These spots can come on suddenly or develop over a few days. They form in many areas on the body or cluster together in a small section. Viral rashes often feel painful and itchy. Other common symptoms include: Chills Fever Fatigue Body aches What causes a viral rash? Viral rashes come from your immune system’s response to a…
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Women's Health
April 8, 2019

How to deal with bacterial vaginosis

No matter how healthy you are, sometimes the good bacteria that normally reside in your vagina decrease, and harmful bacteria take over. When you go for help because of discomfort or an unusual discharge, a diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis (or BV) may follow. Bacterial vaginosis is the most common microbiological syndrome among women of childbearing age. Among those who visit South African clinics, the prevalence is just over 42%. But even though bacterial vaginosis is common, it shouldn’t be ignored. The infection can increase your risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and has been linked to preterm delivery. If you…
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Infections
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. Bacteria create bacterial infections and viruses create viral infections. Many bacterial and viral infections are contagious, which means they can spread from person to person. They can result in mild, moderate, or severe diseases. Bacterial infections Bacteria are single-celled microorganisms that grow well in different types of environments. Not all bacteria are bad, and not all cause infections. Good bacteria live in your intestines and help to digest food. Disease-causing bacteria live outside of the…
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Infections
March 20, 2019

How to keep worms out of your stomach

The thought of having a parasite crawling around in your body can be quite scary, but you're not alone; parasites are more common than you think.
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Bladder, Kidney & Urinary Tract
March 20, 2019

Home remedies for UTIs

A urinary tract infection (UTI) can occur in any part of the urinary tract. The kidneys, bladder, urethra and ureters could also be affected. Besides your doctor’s help and the use of antibiotics, there are home remedies you can try to further ease UTI symptoms.
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Gut & digestion
March 20, 2019

Could you be suffering from SIBO?

SIBO refers to “small intestine bacterial overgrowth”. It is normal for bacteria to grow in certain parts of your gut and intestinal tract, but when these bacteria develop in the small intestine, symptoms appear.
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Sexual Health
March 20, 2019

How to diagnose and treat syphilis

Do you have painless sores, blisters or ulcers on your penis, vagina, and anus, or inside your mouth or on the lips? You could have syphilis, a sexually transmitted infection is caused by a type of bacteria. Here's how to diagnose and treat it.
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Sexual Health
March 20, 2019

What exactly is chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a type of bacteria. The disease can affect both men and women. Women can get chlamydia in the cervix, rectum, or throat, while men are vulnerable in the urethra (inside the penis), rectum, or throat.
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Foot Care
January 23, 2019

What to do about warts under your feet

Plantar warts are small growths that appear mainly on your heels or other weight-bearing areas of your feet. The pressure on these warts can cause them to grow inward, creating a clump of hard, thick skin (mosaic warts). Warts can also appear on the hands, and these are called palmer warts. Plantar warts are common, particularly in children. Most people will have a wart at some point in their lifetime. Some corns and calluses are mistaken for plantar warts. In some warts, little black dots appear. These are called “seed” warts. The black dots are small blood vessels that have…
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Bladder, Kidney & Urinary Tract
November 30, 2018

What to do when there’s blood in your pee

Do you need to see the doctor if your pee has blood in it? Unless you are a woman and are currently menstruating, the answer is Yes! it’s not normal to have blood in your pee. The colour of your urine says a lot about your health. What’s more concerning is spotting blood in it which could appear red, maroon, pink, or like a dark, smoky colour. Haematuria Haematuria is what doctors call it when you have there’s blood in your urine. In rare cases, red urine may be caused by certain foods or medicines. You may or may not…
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