Fascinating flu facts

HISTORY Hippocrates first reported a flu-like disease in the year 412 BC There have been four major flu epidemics in the last century. The Spanish Flu, Asian Flu (1-4 million deaths), Hong-Kong Flu (1968-1969) which

The common cold in numbers

2-4 colds Adults usually get per year 20-30 Age of women who experience more colds than men 18 days Most adults need to completely recover from a cough 25 million People visit the GP with

Persistent cough: 5 things to know

One of the classic cold symptoms is a cough. When coupled with a runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, and fatigue, it can make anyone feel miserable. Usually after a week or so, a cold runs

Duro-Tuss gets a makeover

Duro-Tuss is relaunching in new packaging but the same trusted combination, an ideal combination to help relieve a wet, chesty cough and expel the phlegm from the chest. It is available in a 200 ml bottle,

iNova’s ‘knowyourcough’ website guides patients towards optimal treatment

The pharmaceutical firm, which focuses on African, Asian and Australian markets, has opened a local website to educate people about cough types and available treatments.

OTC cough treatments: choosing the right one

Increasing financial pressure and access to online health information has resulted in more South Africans turning to self-medication. But, when it comes to coughs, are they choosing the correct treatment?

Winter illnesses and children: when to be concerned?

Distinguishing between winter ailments with the same common symptoms is vital in order to recommend the correct treatment.

Overcoming flu

Flu can cause mild to severe illness, and in extremely severe cases can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Cold & flu questions answered

Q. When should I keep my child home from school? Parents should use their judgment when their child is feeling too sick to go to school. It is important for them to stay home when

Cold vs flu

Symptoms of influenza come on more quickly and are usually more severe than those of a cold. Weakness, fatigue, body aches and headache are very common and often severe with classic flu; they are less

Reducing severity and duration of colds

Pelargonium sidoides is widely used as a traditional medicine for various ailments, including TB, cough, and gonorrhoea (Brendler and van Wyk, 2008; Colling et al., 2010). Powdered plant materials soaked in water are used as

Paediatric pharyngitis

Rapid antigen detection assays for GABHS are diagnostic if positive. Other bacteria that occasionally cause pharyngitis and require antimicrobial therapy include gonococcus; Francisella tularensis; groups B, C, and G streptococci; Arcanobacterium hemolyticum; and Treponema pallidum.