Monday, March 30, 2009

30 March - Health

Today we were joined on the line by Dr Flip Nel – a General Practitioner. We were talking about Croup. With winter around the corner, children will be exposed to the rainy and cold weather. At this time of the year, it is common for children to contract illnesses such as colds and flu. But one illness many parents do not know about is one that shares similar symptoms to asthma. It’s called croup. Dr Nel explained more about croup and how it can be treated. For more information contact your nearest health care centre.

We also heard from Dr Peter De Jong a gynecologist we were talking about Endometriosis. It is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is also found elsewhere in the body, mainly in the abdominal cavity. The most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain. The pain is often with menstruation; however a woman with endometriosis may also experience pain at other times during her monthly cycle. Another symptoms is infertility, and some women with endometriosis also experience severe fatigue. Endometriosis can affect women from all walks of life ranging from adolescence to post-menopause, and be so painful as to render a woman or girl unable to go about her normal routine. March is International Endometriosis Awareness Month in honour of all those affected by the disease. For more information go to http://www.endometriosis.org/ or contact him on (021) 422 3290 he is based at Chris Bernard Memorial Hospital.

We closed off the show with an interview with Dr Izak Joubert, from the Travel Safe Clinic - An expert in travel medicine. We were talking about Travel Medicine. Travel Medicine is a specialized area of healthcare that focuses on the needs of travellers, particularly those who travel to other countries but Dr Joubert explained more on issues like how far ahead of your trip should you get your shots and all the vaccinations that you might need. For more information on Travel Medicine call 0860 1000 72 or email doctor@travelsafeclinic.co.za. Alternatively you can go to your nearest health care centre or visit www.travelsafeclinic.co.za. That interview was brought to you by the National Department of Health and Funded by the European Union.

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