January 30, 2015

Common Diseases and Healthcare in the Philippines

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    Taking care of our health should be a top priority. A sudden change in the climate as well as an abrupt change in ones eating habits can affect the physical conditions of a person. This page shows the common diseases in the Philippines. Always have the knowledge on the following illness to live a healthy life while staying in the Philippines.

    Common Illness present in the Philippines

       > Cholera


                    O Watery stool

                    O  Vomiting and Nausea

                    O  Dehydration

                    O  Abdominal cramps


       > Dengue fever


                    O Sudden high fever

                    O Severe headaches

                    O Pain behind the eyes

                    O Severe joint and muscle pain

                    O Nausea

                    O Vomiting

                    O Skin rash, which appears three to four days after the onset of fever

                    O Mild bleeding (such a nose bleed, bleeding gums, or easy bruising)


       > Malaria


                    O Fever

                    O Chills

                    O Headache

                    O Sweats

                    O Fatigue

                    O Nausea and vomiting


       > Hepatitis A


                    O Fatigue

                    O Nausea and vomiting

                    O Abdominal pain or discomfort, especially in the area on your right side beneath your lower ribs

                    O Clay-colored bowel movements

                    O Loss of appetite

                    O Low-grade fever

                    O Dark urine

                    O Joint pain

                    O Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)


       > Cold/ Influenza


                    O Runny or stuffy nose

                    O Itchy or sore throat

                    O Cough

                    O Congestion

                    O Slight body aches or a mild headache

                    O Sneezing

                    O Watery eyes

                    O Low-grade fever

                    O Mild fatigue

       > Rabies


                    O High temperature of 38ºC (100.4ºF) or above

                    O Chills

                    O Fatigue (extreme tiredness)

                    O Problems sleeping

                    O Lack of appetite

                    O Headache

                    O Irritability

                    O Anxiety

                    O Sore throat

                    O Vomiting

    Common Vaccine-Preventable diseases

       > Hepatitis A

       > Hepatitis B

       > Dengue

       > Tetanus (for Rabies)

       > Influenza


     –> Vaccines are injected while in the early childhood and maintained while growing up.

    –> Some vaccines are injected several times (2-3 times).

    –> There are schedules for different vaccines suited for various types of people that are offered by the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination in partnership with the Department of Health for those who want to maintain their shots.

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