Arthritis is a medical condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness joints. Causes: 🔖 Rheumatoid arthritis 🔖Osteoarthritis 🔖Psoriasis 🔖Viruses 🔖Trauma 🔖Connective Tissue Conditions 🔖Many more Feel free to talk to your doctor if you suspect you have arthritis Written by Rheumatologist Dr. Keisha Davis-King

Kidneys have many functions. They are some of the most important organs in your body. Some of the functions of your kidneys include: 🩸Making urine 🩸Control of electrolytes (salts) such as Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorus and Calcium 🩸Helps in the production of your red blood cells which affects your haemoglobin (blood count) 🩸Helps control your blood…

Many times when we speak to our doctor they mention many blood tests, one of which is ESR!! But what is it and why do we check it?? ESR (Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate or Sed Rate) is a blood test that reveals your body’s inflammatory activity. Generally an ESR Blood Test isn’t taken alone however it…

Did you know that the Influenza vaccine can prevent the Flu? The Flu is a contagious disease that spreads during the Flu season which is usually October to May. Anyone can get the Flu, but it is more dangerous for some persons. Those who are at greatest risk are: Infants and young children Persons 65…

Steroids are a man-made version of naturally occurring hormones. It doesn’t cure conditions however they are very good at reducing inflammation and symptoms such as swelling, pain and stiffness. It can be given via: Mouth (tablets or syrup) Injection ( joint, muscle or vein) Gels or creams Eye drops Caution: if you are diabetic, heart…

A nephrologist or kidney doctor is an internal medicine doctor who has a special focus on the health of your kidneys. Nephrologists can help to manage many conditions associated with your kidneys and the way they function. The list includes; -Abnormal kidney function – elevated creatinine and low or high potassium or sodium -Abnormalities in…

Washing hands regularly with soap and water is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting sick. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that you wash your hands after you have been…

Inhalers are a very important part of managing your Asthma. Patients often ask us “What is the best inhaler?” The answer is always the same. The best inhaler is the inhaler that works best for you, the patient! Some inhalers have different uses. Blue inhalers (e.g. Ventolin or Salbutamol) or reliever inhalers treat symptoms quickly,…

Who should wear masks? Masks should be worn by all persons aged 2 years and over when leaving home unless there is a circumstance in which a person has a reasonable excuse. Masks should be worn by persons home who are unwell, those who live in the household of someone who has symptoms or was…

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