Dermatology

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Dermatology

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.

Conditions

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.

Conditions

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 up to 12

Ringworm: what you need to know

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

Children up to 12

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • 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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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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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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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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Dermatology

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

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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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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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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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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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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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.

Dermatology

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.

Dermatology

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

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.

Dermatology

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.

Dermatology

Understanding acne

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.

Dermatology

Is that a rash, or is it psoriasis?

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.

Dermatology

Tips to find a botox therapist

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.

Dermatology

Summer skincare

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

Dermatology

Save your skin this summer

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

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