Candida

A Fungal disease which affects many parts of the body, but is particularly likely to affect warm, damp areas. What to look for   Discharge itching and burning in the affected areas infection in the mouth causes small white patches on the gums, lips and inside the cheeks. These may be painful. diarrhoea…

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What to look for a tingling or numb feeling in the hand or fingers shooting pains in the wrist, forearm, and sometimes extending to the shoulder, neck, and chest, or foot. difficulty clenching the fist or grasping small objects. dry skin and fingernail deterioration. Occurs when a worker spends long periods at a…

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Cataracts

A cataract is the clouding of the lens in the eye. The lens is normally clear.  It is not a film over the lens. What to look for hazy vision. impaired vision at night; difficulty in discerning movements, details, or objects. blinding or uncomfortable glare from automobile headlights or bright sunlight. seeing halos…

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Cellulite

So you have done the pinch test and yes, there is no getting away from the fact that there are unwanted dimples and bulges on your legs. Cellulite is the culprit for all those lumps and dimples on our thighs, hips, stomach and butts. Well, be assured that this annoying problem is not…

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Cervical Cancer

As with most cancers, cervical cancer causes no pain or other symptoms in its early stages. The first identifiable symptoms of the disease are likely to include: watery or bloody vaginal discharge. vaginal bleeding after intercourse, between menstrual periods, or after menopause; periods may be heavier and last longer than normal. If the cancer has…

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Cervical Problems

The cervix is at the neck of the uterus (womb), is about 2.5 cm long and has a small break through it. What to look for vaginal discharge. painful intercourse. vaginal bleeding, sometimes during or after intercourse. unusually heavy menstrual periods. crampy pelvic pain or a feeling of heaviness. Many cervical problems have…

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Chickenpox

Chicken Pox is a highly infectious illness easily recognized by the distinctive rash that it causes, which occurs mainly in children. What to look for a very itchy rash that spreads from the torso to the limbs. The rash advances from red spots to blisters with fluid in them that drain and scab…

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Chilblains

Chilblains are a painful sore appearing on the foot or the hand which is caused by exposure to cold What to look for red, itching on the extremities of the body such as fingers, toes, nose, ears swelling can occur Causes This condition may be associated with poor circulation. Traditional Treatments The best…

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Chlamydia

In men: a whitish yellow discharge from the penis. a frequent urge to urinate burning sensation while urinating. redness at the tip of the penis. In women:     no symptoms, or mild discomfort that you may mistake for menstrual cramps. This disease is very common throughout the world. Chlamydia can be cured…

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Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a crystalline fatty alcohol found especially in animal fats, blood and nerve tissue and bile. What to look for A high level of cholesterol in the blood does not have obvious symptoms but it can be a risk for other circulatory conditions that do have recognisable symptoms. Obesity and diabetes. impotence Cholesterol is…

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

This is a condition which is characterised by overwhelming fatigue. What to look for recent onset of extreme fatigue. fatigue resulting not from any type of exertion and that you cannot relieve with rest or sleep. sore muscles. long-lasting discomfort following physical exertion. sleep disorders (insomnia or oversleeping). swollen lymph glands. joint pain.…

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Chronic Pain

Pain that tends to last longer than 6 months can be termed chronic. What to look for The condition may include weakness, numbness, tingling, or other sensations, along with sleeping difficulties, a lack of energy, and depression. Some common forms of chronic pain are: this type of pain can include headaches, muscle, back or…

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Circulatory Problems

This is problems to do with circulation. (Is the closed network of blood vessels in the body). What to look for aching legs bulging, bluish vessels in an aching leg. a painful vein. Everybody may experience circulatory problems infrequently. Many people, however, must cope with this sensation on a daily basis. This condition,…

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Cirrhosis

This is a liver disease characterised by a gradual annihilation of the liver cells. These cells are progressively replaced with fibrous tissue, which then leads to hardening. What to look for ... Usually no symptoms appear until the disease has entered the late stages as the disease tends to come on gradually. When…

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Common Cold

The common cold is a respiratory infection which is very contagious usually caused by a virus. It is characterised by a slight fever, streaming nasal passage, sore throat and aching joints. What to look for general 'unwell' feeling at first and aching joints head and chest congestion, a runny nose. sore throat. sneezing. dry cough that…

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Cold Sores

These are blisters which form around the mouth and inside the nose; often appearing towards the end of a cold. What to look for itching or tingling in the skin in the affected area a number of blisters usually occur in the one spot filled with a yellowish or white fluid red, painful sores…

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Colic

Colic is an acute abdominal pain probably caused by abnormal bowel functions and wind. What to look for Colic is thought to occur when the bowel in a baby contracts more regularly than an adult's slower peristaltic movements. It is characterised by: loud screaming lasting for hours, three or more days a week and…

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Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the conjunctival membrane (the delicate skin which covers the white of the eye underneath the eyelids. What to look for A gritty feeling in the eye, just under the eyelids Burning itchy eyes that discharge a heavy, sticky pus Tears, a swollen lymph node Redness, intense itching Eyelids…

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Constipation

Constipation refers to hard, inadequate, incomplete, or infrequent bowel movements. What to look for hard stools that are difficult or painful to pass. no bowel movements in three days for adults, four days for children. nausea, anxiety, headache and general discomfort Your food is normally passed along the intestines by muscle action called peristalsis. Constipation is…

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Corns and Callouses

A corn is a localised area of hard, horny skin which forms as a result of constant rubbing or pressure. A calluses are larger versions. What to look for Corn... an area of hard, thick skin, which may look a yellow colour Corns between the toes can be soft Callus... A callus is…

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Coughing

Coughing is a reflex action of the throat to rid itself of any built up mucus or phlegm. What to look for Coughing is not a disease, however it may indicate respiratory problems. By looking at what is coughed up (mucus, phlegm or blood - the colour and consistency), the frequency of coughing and…

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Crohn’s Disease

Crohn's Disease is a severe inflammation of the lower bowel. What to look for abdominal pain diarrhoea. cramps or pain after eating fever loss of appetite, fatigue, or weight loss In Crohn's disease, a chronic disorder of the intestines affects digestion and leads to general physical weakness. Crohn's disease is typically diagnosed among…

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Croup

Croup is spasmodic narrowing and inflammation of the upper respiratory tract. What to look for a harsh, dry cough. laboured breathing and fever Croup is a viral infection of the voice box. It shows similar symptoms to those of a respiratory infection and is a relatively common ailment of childhood. Usually the first indication…

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Dandruff

Dandruff is excessive scaling of dead skin on the scalp What to look for flakes of skin that range from small and white to large, greasy, and yellow. itchy flaking that appears on the scalp or eyebrows, or around the hairline, ears, or nose. Dandruff usually poses no danger whatsoever. But it can…

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Depression

Depression is a state of feeling 'down' which lasts for a long but indefinite period of time What to look for For major depression, you may experience four or more of the following: persistent sadness, pessimism. feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, or hopelessness. loss of interest or enjoyment in nearly every aspect of…

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Dermatitis

Dermatitis is a red and itching inflammation of the skin What to look for Contact dermatitis (an allergic reaction) (an allergic reaction) A red rash that is restricted to the area of skin exposed to an irritant. Nummular dermatitis Red, itchy, circular lots of weeping, scaly, or encrusted skin, common in older people who…

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Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition where there is an abnormally high level of sugar in the blood. What to look for The symptoms vary depending on which type of diabetes is the cause: excessive thirst and appetite. increased urination both in the frequency and amount passed. weight loss. fatigue. nausea, perhaps vomiting. blurred vision.…

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Disk Problems

These are problems to the spinal disks. Disks are the cushion of tissue located between each of the vertebrae which makes up the spine. What to look for Many times, there are no physical symptoms to damaged disks. However, if your disk problem directly touches or affects spinal nerves, you may have one…

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Drug Abuse

A drug is any substance, other than a food, which affects the body in any way. Therefore the over indulgence in these types of substances to the detriment of the body's health and well-being, can be classified as drug abuse. What to look for behavioural changes which affect relationships and performance at work…

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