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Infections
May 3, 2019

Winning the war against polio

Thankfully, due to routine immunisations, South Africa has been free from polio since 1989. There are, however still cases of polio in other countries. In recent years, the number of people affected by polio has decreased, but unfortunately, even a small number of infected people can put many others at risk.
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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.
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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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Infections
March 23, 2016

The flu vaccine – yes or no?

Don't waste your sick days on the flu - get the flu jab! We know, we know - just the thought of getting an injection may be giving you the shivers. But if you want to avoid getting actual shivers because of fever and flu, the injection is your best solution! (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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FluInfections
June 11, 2015

3 Vital secrets about flu

Winter is here! Warm clothes, an excuse to wear that scarf, hot chocolate and nights in front of the fire sound really great, and they are! However, it’s also the season when viruses declare war on your immune system. This year we bring you 3 key secrets to preventing and beating the nasty influenza virus. 1. Rest really is the best medicine Do you think rest is for the weak? Guess again! Bedrest is one of the best weapons against the flu. The only way to beat the flu is to let your immune system do all the work. However,…
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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
December 15, 2014

What’s really going on with Ebola?

It keeps coming up in the news, and even though it all seems very far away, a lot of the headlines are making people uneasy. So, what’s really happening with the Ebola outbreak? (more…)
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