Dermatology

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Beauty spot or cancer?

Posted on 5 January 2017

Is that mark on your skin just a mole or could it be a melanoma? We take a closer look at this potentially dangerous form of cancer.

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Oh no, acne! Here’s how to deal with it

Posted on 12 July 2016

Acne is a common and usually treatable skin condition that affects most people at some stage of life. Dermatologist Dr Dilshaad Asmal of Mediclinic Cape Town shares her advice for dealing with acne – and debunks some myths.

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No hair, don’t care… or should you?

Posted on 30 June 2016

Our hair is such a big part of who we are that when it starts falling out, for some it can be a catastrophe. Dr Willie Visser, a dermatologist at Mediclinic Milnerton and head of dermatology at the University of Stellenbosch, says there’s hope for treating baldness if you start early enough.

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Skin care during winter

Posted on 27 June 2016

A common misconception is that sun protection should only be used in summer. Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancers and anyone exposed to the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays is at risk – even in winter.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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Fact or fiction: acne

Posted on 7 June 2016

Acne affects an estimated 9,4% of the global population. It is most common in teens, especially males, but can occur at any life stage. Mediclinic Cape Town dermatologist Dr Dilshaad

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A scar is born

Posted on 9 March 2016

Scars are a part of life, and each one is a souvenir of your body’s adventures – but the science behind how scars form is a story all on its

DID YOU KNOW?

  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
    #MediclinicFacts
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How to treat a scar

Posted on 7 March 2016

Pretty much everybody has a scar somewhere on their body – and while some scars can be ugly, they can all be treated. ‘The skin is a fascinating organ with incredible ability to heal,’ says Dr Sian Hartshorne, a dermatologist at Mediclinic Plettenberg Bay. ‘Even scars can, over years, slowly improve until they almost disappear and become forgotten.’

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Place in the sun

Posted on 3 February 2016

South Africa has the second-highest incidence of skin cancer in the world after Australia. This means that we’re all at risk of getting skin cancer. Here’s a look at your risk factors for getting skin cancer and what steps you can take to prevent it.

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Soothe that sunburn

Posted on 14 January 2016

Sunburn usually takes us by surprise. Somewhere between swimming and spending the day outdoors we realise that our sun-blushed skin is turning a scary shade of red and we are filled with stinging regret.

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Understanding acne

Posted on 6 November 2015

No matter how old you are, the dreaded skin condition acne can affect you. Dr Matete Mathobela, dermatologist at Mediclinic Cape Gate, discusses acne and debunks some common myths.

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Is that a rash, or is it psoriasis?

Posted on 15 October 2015

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that presents as red, itchy, scaly patches of abnormal skin. Unfortunately it’s often misdiagnosed by patients. We asked expert advice from a Mediclinic dermatologist.

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Tips to find a botox therapist

Posted on 3 September 2015

If you’re keen to address your cosmetic confidence issues by indulging in some Botox treatments or by getting fillers, here are five top tips to bear in mind when choosing the therapist who’ll administer the treatment – especially if they’re not a medical doctor.

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Summer skincare

Posted on 27 January 2015

Dr Du Toit shares his top summer sunscreen and skincare advice so you can protect your skin from the sun.

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Save your skin this summer

Posted on 19 December 2014

These valuable tips, websites and apps will help you enjoy South Africa’s beautiful sunny days responsibly.

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Be sun smart

Posted on 18 December 2014

The summer holidays are here and we’ve got you covered. Even though some vitamin D is good for you be careful of spending too much time in the sun without protecting your skin.

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Your hands can indicate other health issues

Posted on 2 December 2014

Because your hands are the most exposed parts of your body, they endure a lot! The hands are also excellent indicators of problems elsewhere in the body. Dr Jacques du Toit, a dermatologist at Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt helps explain those ailments.

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Annual checkup

Posted on 20 May 2014

Book an annual checkup with your GP and if necessary, he or she will send you to the appropriate specialist.

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What exactly is psoriasis?

Posted on 18 February 2014

Psoriasis is a common skin condition that continues to baffle doctors – here are some basic questions answered.

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Hives

Posted on 20 August 2013

How to know if you have hives, what causes them and how to treat them.

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