Symptoms

We talk about symptoms, what you need to look out for when you suspect you’re sick and the measures you need to take.

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nose bleeds
Conditions

Nosebleeds: Is my child’s nosebleed serious?

Although a bleeding nose can be a scary thing for both you and your child, there’s usually no reason to worry.

urine and your health
Symptoms

The colour of your urine and your health

What the colour of your urine says about your health. You could be dehydrated, overtraining and more. Find out here.

Conditions

How do stress and insomnia affect your body?

Stress is a complex concept – here’s how to prevent it from overwhelming you – and how to ensure you get enough rest.

Conditions

Fibromyalgia – the invisible disease

Fibromyalgia is a chronic, debilitating condition that is essentially all about pain.

Children up to 12

Insomnia in children

A GP explains it’s the lack of sleep-encouraging behaviour, rather than an underlying disease, that usually causes insomnia in children. The good news? Knowing this makes it easier to treat.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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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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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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Conditions

Common childhood illnesses in adults

Young children, with immune systems that are still developing, are more susceptible to viral infections like chickenpox, mumps and measles. But Pathcare virologist, Inéz Rossouw, says adults with weakened immune systems are also vulnerable and at greater risk of complications.

Conditions

Staying ahead of epilepsy

Epilepsy is in fact a group of conditions better thought of collectively as the epilepsies, explains Dr James Butler, a neurologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg. Dr Butler stays at the forefront of the latest research and, together with a team of healthcare providers specialising in the epilepsies, ensures that patients receive the best care available.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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Conditions

Eating to ease arthritis

There is no known cure or prevention for arthritis, but some sufferers swear by eating or avoiding certain foods. Rheumatologist Dr Sinisa Stankovic of Mediclinic Sandton offers a medical perspective.

Conditions

Stress and mental health

Dr Karen Vukovic a psychiatrist at Mediclinic Sandton says mental health illnesses are on the rise because of increasingly stressful lifestyles. Learn more.

Conditions

Gluten intolerance versus an allergy

Gluten intolerance is on the rise. But how can you know for sure whether you’re allergic, sensitive or intolerant?

Healthy Life

How your body reacts to flu

Have you ever wondered what the difference between a cold and the flu is, whether going out with wet hair will make you sick or how your body fights off the flu virus? We have the answers.

Symptoms

Thrombosis

Venous thromboembolism is a serious condition but many deaths and disabilities can be prevented through greater awareness of its causes, signs and symptoms.

Expert Articles

Symptoms not to ignore

While we can’t run to the doctor every time we have a headache or chest pain, here are 10 symptoms you shouldn’t ignore.

Symptoms

Busting flu myths

Your mom probably told you if you went outside with wet hair you’d get sick. What if we told you that’s just a myth?

Expert Articles

Gout – not just a pain in the toe

Don’t leave gout untreated – it can cause irreversible damage.

Symptoms

When motion makes you sick

Motion sickness happens when your central nervous system gets confused and causes you to feel nauseous.

Expert Articles

What is an autoimmune disease?

Sometimes your body makes the mistake of attacking normal, healthy tissues – here’s why.

Expert Articles

Bouncing back after anaesthetic

We all react differently to anaesthetics, so here’s what to expect in those few days after surgery, says Dr Gert van der Merwe, a general surgeon at MediClinic Tzaneen.

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