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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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • 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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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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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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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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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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  • 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
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
Children up to 12

Fevers

Fevers in children are often cause for alarm. Here’s how to bring your child’s fever down.

Expert Articles

ADHD in teenage girls

ADHD in girls often goes untreated. Find out why and how this condition is managed.

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Sleep disorders

Not getting enough sleep can leave you feeling exhausted. Read more about obstructive sleep apnoea and how it’s treated.

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Sleep clinics

If you’re constantly tired a sleep clinic may help diagnose your condition so you can have a good night’s rest.

Symptoms

How stress affects you

Here’s how stress can affect you and how you can manage it.

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Online diagnosis – a good idea?

Don’t Google your symptoms – here’s why.

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Questions about flu

Here’s how you can protect yourself against flu this winter.

Exercise

Looking at: back pain, thyroid and obesity

Back pain, testing for thyroid problems and dealing with obesity are three of your questions we asked our experts to answer.

Expert Articles

Could you be depressed?

Depression happens to people from all walks of life and is believed to affect one out of seven South Africans – but take heart, it is very treatable. Dr Chris van den Berg, a psychiatrist at Mediclinic Stellenbosch, tells us more.

Nutrition

Your hair questions answered

We’ve all had a bad hair day at some point in our lives. But did you know that much of your hair is actually dead? Or that anaemia or thyroid conditions can cause sudden hair loss?

Endocrinology

Is your thyroid a problem?

Thyroid disorders aren’t unusual. While South African figures are unknown but US statistics suggest that about 13-million adults are diagnosed with thyroid disorders each year, and it’s estimated that for every diagnosis there is someone who is undiagnosed.

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