Every year as the weather starts to cool and the days get shorter, we know that flu season is on its way. Fortunately, you can safeguard yourself with a simple vaccination. The South African economy loses more than R2 billion every year, and the average person misses 4.5 days of school or work because of colds and flu. Although the symptoms of colds and flu seem quite similar, they are actually quite different conditions. The flu is a viral infection that causes respiratory tract infections, while a cold just causes a runny nose, nasal congestion and a sore throat.
Perhaps most characteristic of flu is the sudden onset of symptoms – in the morning you feel fine but by [...]
Winter weather is not fun for skin. Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which then steals moisture away from the skin every second of every day. Without immediate care, dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding, and harsh winter wind makes the problem worse. Indoor heat further robs the air of moisture, as do hot showers or baths and harsh cleansers. Additional moisture helps, but you need to do more to actually counteract these effects and keep skin looking youthful and smooth. To reduce chapping, redness, itching, and keep skin more healthy and comfortable this season, try these tips.Wash in Lukewarm Water Hot showers and baths always feel good in the [...]
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) also known as Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and form antibodies that fail to recognise the difference between pathogens and healthy body organs therefore attacking healthy tissues including the skin, joints, kidneys, heart and lungs.
Common symptoms include the swelling of the hands and feet, blood clotting, painful joints, fatigue and skin lesions more typically the facial malar butterfly rash. Lupus is neither infectious nor transmitted from one person to another nor mother to child and it is the cruellest and most difficult to diagnose as it mimics other illnesses. There is currently NO [...]
As cooler weather approaches, concern for pet safety grows. Make sure you know these useful tips.
POLOKWANE – The South African for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is calling on residents to keep a closer eye on their pets with the approach of winter. They list access to shelter and warm bedding as important aspects of caring for your pets.
The SPCA’s tips:It is advisable that they sleep indoors. If your pets sleep outside, ensure their kennels are waterproof. Raise the kennel slightly off the ground to prevent dampness. Don’t keep puppies, kittens or other young animals outside in winter as they have not yet built up a resistance to the cold. As far [...]