Dermatology

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Cancer

What happened next: melanoma

In 2005, Melissa Taylor was told she had melanoma – and that it was so advanced, there was next to no hope of survival. This is the remarkable story of

Dermatology

This is me: Leleti Khumalo

Going without make-up is a bold move for any actress. But for Leleti Khumalo, who has vitiligo, it is life-affirming. “I realise they react that way because they don’t understand

Cancer

What happened next: skin cancer

A married mom of two shares how being diagnosed with advanced skin cancer during both her pregnancies taught her to view challenges as opportunities to grow When An Bakkes talks

Cancer

Spot the difference: Early warning signs of sun damage

Yes, you need to look for changes in your moles but change is also about noticing when new spots pop up and whether that spot is a mole or not. Dermatologist Dr Karen Ordemann answers some frequently-asked questions.

Cancer

Melanoma: know the facts

We have a complicated relationship with a particularly powerful universal life-force: the sun. Understand it well, and it keeps us healthy and vibrant; abuse its power and its radiation can lead to a particularly pernicious form of skin cancer called melanoma.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • 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 corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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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.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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Dermatology

Reddening skin: sunburn or rosacea?

Rosacea is a facial skin condition that looks like a furious blush or bad sunburn. A Mediclinic dermatologist explains the causes and treatments.

Children (1 to 12 years)

Ringworm: what you need to know

We look at this common fungal skin infection and how to treat it.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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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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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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Children (1 to 12 years)

Impetigo: the most common skin infection at school

School and daycares are great for socialising, learning and play, but one of the drawbacks is that infections are quickly passed around. We look at one of the most common skin infections in children: impetigo.

Cancer

Beauty spot or cancer?

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.

Dermatology

Sun protection products: which are best?

Do you know which products offer the best sun protection? Mediclinic plastic surgeon, Dr Arnold Douglas, helps us compare the available options – sunsuits, swimming costumes, sunscreens and more.

Dermatology

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

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.

Dermatology

No hair, don’t care… or should you?

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

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.

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Fact or fiction: acne

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

Dermatology

A scar is born

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

Dermatology

How to treat a scar

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.’

Dermatology

Place in the sun

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

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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