PNEUMONIA

PNEUMONIAWhat is it?Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs.Symptoms: Fever, chills, shortness of breath, cough that produces yellow-green phlegm and occasionally blood.Causes: A viral or bacterial infection, rarely yeast, fungal or protozoal organisms. Usually only occur in people who are suffering from other diseases and whose natural immunity have been impaired.Possible complications: Pleurisy, EmpyemaTreatment in the home: NoneWhen to consult a doctor: As soon as symptoms appearWhat the doctor may do: Examine you to confirm the diagnosis, arrange for X-rays, blood and sputum tests if pneumonia is suspected. Prescribe

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PSORIASIS

PSORIASISWhat is it?Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition characterized by an unsightly flaking of the skin.Symptoms: Red, raised patches which gradually enlarge and form silvery white scales. Occurs most frequently on the arms, legs, genitals, scalp and nails, The lesions may cause considerable discomfort, when the nails are affected they become thickened, pitted and separate from the nail bed, sometimes the skin eruption is accompanied by painful swollen joints.Causes: Psoriasis tends to run in families. An overproduction of skin cells causes a thickening of the skin and flaking. Trigger factors include

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PEPTIC ULCER

PEPTIC ULCERWhat is it?A peptic ulcer is a small break in the digestive system. It is called a gastric ulcer when it occurs in the stomach and a duodenal ulcer when it appears in the bit of the small intestine which joins on the stomach.Symptoms: Burning, gnawing pain in the upper part of the abdomen, Pain may occur an hour or two after meals, or it may wake in the early hours of the morning. The intake of food or antacids usually relieves the pain.Causes: Certain medicines such as aspirin and the

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