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Pregnancy can cause itchy skin

When you are pregnant your body goes through many changes and you will feel discomfort in ways you did not think existed. Being itchy on your growing belly, your breasts and so on is just one of the symptoms of your pregnancy. This can increase for the duration of your pregnancy, giving you fantasies of sand paper, a brush, etc. The good news is that the itch will stop once your baby is born. There are a few reasons for this itch, your body is getting ready to carry your baby and your skin is stretching on an ongoing basis. Lets

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CONJUNCTIVITIS

CONJUNCTIVITISWhat is it?Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the transparent mucous membrane that covers the eyeball and the lining of the eyelids.Symptoms: The eyes are red and inflamed, they feel dry and scratchy, and discharge of yellow pus, the discharge causes the lids to become sticky and crusted particularly overnight. Infectious conjunctivitis is contagious.Causes: Bacterial or viral infection, foreign body in the eye, hay fever or other allergy.Treatment in the home: Keep the eyes free of discharge by regularly wiping them with clean, moistened cotton gauze swabs. To prevent infection spreading, do

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GERMAN MEASLES

GERMAN MEASLESWhat is it?German measles is a mild contagious disease, characterized by low fever and a rash.Symptoms: There is an incubation period of between 14 and 21 days before the symptoms appear. Sometimes the glands behind the ears and in the neck are swollen. A flat pink rash starts on the first or second day. The rash starts on the face and then spreads to the rest of the body. After two or three days the rash disappears. Infectious from seven days before the rash appears until four days after.Causes: A

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MOUTH ULCERS

MOUTH ULCERSWhat is it?A mouth ulcer is a break in the lining of the mouth that exposes the sensitive tissue beneath.Symptoms: Small, painful white spots on the inside of the mouth, Stinging and discomfort when eating spicy or acidic foods. Usually heals within seven to ten days.Causes: Stress, extreme fatigue or being generally run down, other diseases, for example anaemia, injury to the lining if the mouth, by for example toothbrush, a rough tooth or biting of the mouth or tongue.Treatment in the home: Rinse mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash. Avoid

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VARICOSE VEINS

VARICOSE VEINSWhat is it?Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins just under the skin. They usually occur in the legs and women are more frequently affected than men.Symptoms: Prominent, bluish swollen veins in the legs. The veins in the back of the calf and along the inside of the leg are most commonly affected. Swelling of the feet and ankles, itchy skin, symptoms may be worse just before and during menses.Causes: Poor circulation in the legs, usually as a result of damage to the valves in the vein, Tends to run in families.

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CONSTIPATION

CONSTIPATION What is it?Constipation is the infrequent passage of hard faeces, usually with some difficulty or pain.Symptoms: Difficult and infrequent passing if feaces. Abdominal discomfort.Causes: A diet low in fibre is the most common cause. Low fluid intake, certain medicines, particularly medicines containing codeine or iron. Pregnancy, Piles, anal Fissures, laxative abuse and lack of physical movement and exercise.Treatment in the home: Increase the fibre in your diet by including foods such as high-fibre cereals, wholewheat bread, peas, beans, apricots and bananas. Drink more fluids. Laxatives are one of the most commonly used

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GLANDULAR FEVER

GLANDULAR FEVERWhat is it?Glandular fever is a viral infection that affects the glands in the neck, armpits and groins. Generally affects children and young adults.Symptoms: Fever, skin rash, sore throat, headache, Lethargy, loss of appetite, swollen painful glands in the neck, armpits and groins, enlarged spleen.Causes: Viral infectionTreatment in the home: Take paracetamol in recommended doses to relieve pain and discomfort. Rest is essential. Recovery is slow. It may take six to eight weeks before the patient is fully recovered.Possible complications: Secondary bacterial infection which could become seriousWhen to consult a

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MUMPS

MUMPSWhat is it?Mumps is an infectious viral illness, characterized by swelling of the salivary glands. Mumps mostly affects children and young adults.Symptoms: Mumps has an incubation period of between 12 and 21 days before symptoms appear. There may be fever, headache and sore throat. The salivary gland, under the ear, on one or both sides swells: swelling may appear at the same time or one side may follow the other. The gland may be painful. The pain is worse when chewing and it hurts to swallow. The swelling lasts up to ten

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WARTS

WARTSWhat are they?Common warts are small, herd, whitish or flesh coloured lumps, with a rough surface. They may be unsightly, but are not in any way dangerous.Symptoms: Common warts are usually painless and often develop on the hands, feet or knees. A wart on the sole of foot is known as a verruca. On walking it may press onto the foot and be painful. Warts vary in size, from that of a pinhead to a large pea.Causes: Viral infection, wart viruses are spread by touch, or by contact with the shed skin of

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CORNS AND CALLUSES

CORNS AND CALLUSESWhat is it?Corns and calluses are areas of the skin that have thickened because of constant pressure. Corns are small and develop on the toes. Calluses are bigger and commonly develop on the soles of feet.Symptoms: Area painful on pressure.Causes: Pressure from wearing new or ill-fitting shoes. People, who have less cushioning tissue then normal between the bones and skin of their feet, develop corns and calluses more easily than others.Treatment in the home: Wear comfortable shoes. Corn pads ease pressure and pain. Corn plasters and salicylic acid encourage

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