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infectious diseases

Infections
February 26, 2016

Swatting the stomach bug

Guard your stomachs everyone, the bug is back. That’s right, it’s the season of the stomach bug, that one virus that can force you to become best frenemies with your porcelain throne for a day. If you don’t want to spend your valuable time hugging or sitting on the loo, then follow these rules. (more…)
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Infections
January 29, 2016

Zika virus may infect up to 4 million people!

Joanne Hart for HelloDoctor.com Zika is spreading! Don’t fall pregnant in a #Zika zone! Zika spread to the US! Every day there’s a new batch of headlines about a mosquito-borne virus that most people have never even heard of. Well, here's what we know now: (more…)
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Infections
September 19, 2015

Colds Are The Worst At Night!

Do you ever feel like your cold symptoms are worse when you’re trying to go to sleep at night? Not too long ago, a member of the team got sick with a viral throat infection coupled with seasonal allergies. He noticed that he was well enough to be on his feet during the day, but felt awful at night! The symptoms were worse: his nose and sinuses clogged up, coughing increased and his headache was much worse. He wondered why and decided to ask our doctors. (more…)
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Chest & LungInfections
August 25, 2015

Coughing: How do you know if you have TB?

So, you've been coughing for a few months now and sweating at night... even your friends are saying you've lost some weight and should go for a TB test. TB is very common in South Africa, but fortunately it can be prevented and treated. Here's what you need to know. (more…)
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
July 29, 2015

When to gym after being sick

So, you’ve finally overcome the symptoms of the illness that’s kept you from hitting the gym – time for a massive session, right? Whoa! Hold on – it depends on what you’ve had! A cold? The flu? Each illness has a recovery timeframe and going back too soon could cause you more harm. (more…)
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Infections
July 28, 2015

The different types of hepatitis

Hepatitis is an inflammation or swelling of the liver, and it can be the result of a viral infection or over-exposure to harmful substances such as drugs and alcohol. There are three main types of hepatitis, and while some types pass without causing permanent liver damage, others can be present for years and cause scarring of the liver (cirrhosis), and in serious cases liver failure. (more…)
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Infections
April 29, 2015

Don’t let cold sores get you down this winter

Cold sores are ugly and not your friend! But you already knew this! How are you covering them up? Scarves? A plaster? Lots of base? When you see a cold sore, it is war! But it’s not exactly a battle you can win. So what should you do? (more…)
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Infections
April 22, 2015

Home remedies for colds and flu

It’s hard to escape cold and flu germs during winter - unless you hide away from open plan offices, public transport, gyms and crowded places like shopping malls and cinemas! The next best thing is to boost your immune system and keep it strong. Some of your options A lot of people opt to get a flu jab every winter. It’s especially recommended for: those with weakened immune systems elderly people pregnant women. Others tend to double up on immune boosters such as vitamin C and anti-oxidant supplements. You could also try natural home remedies, which are effective at keeping…
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Infections
April 20, 2015

This is how to get malaria the easy way

Getting Malaria, is easy: just pack away the mosquito net, attend evening braais in short-sleeved shirts - or no shirt - without mosquito repellent. Skip those anti-malaria tabs, or just take them now and again, and leave doors and windows open from sunset to sunrise! The mozzies will treat you like a buffet. (more…)
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