Category Archives: Diseases/Infections

Be responsible this Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, health practitioners are reminding adults to always practice safe sex.

In a Facebook post, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-Philippines admitted that condom use is still unpopular, with only 38 percent of men who have sex with men (MSM) using condoms when having sex (IHBSS, 2018). A recent UNODC-Ph study disclosed that MSM who had experience using drugs where twice more likely to have condomless sex.

“While it may be awesome to make love without a condom, we are increasing the possibility of getting infected by HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections,” the FB post said.

As a Valentine’s Day reminder, the UNODC-ph encouraged the public to lower the risk of HIV and STDs by using condoms. “We can still enjoy making love while USING CONDOMS. They are free. Contact your nearest sexual health facilities.”

A total of 70,740 individuals have been diagnosed with HIV in the Philippines since 1984. Ninety-four percent are males. Sexual contact is the most common mode of HIV transmission.

Diseases Associated with summer and How to Avoid Them


The sudden change of weather may affect a lot of people tremendously. Here are just some of the diseases that you might get afflicted with if you are not too careful:

Heat stroke is well known because people who experience extreme weather conditions undergo this condition. It would be best to always be protected at all times by always having cold drinks with you especially if you are going to walk for a long while. Protective clothing will also do a lot.

Chicken pox is also another disease that is common during summer. The heat causes people to break out and since it is highly contagious, a lot of people get it during that time.

Dehydration is also another condition that people normally experience during the summertime. The key to making sure that you do not get dehydrated is to drink a lot of fluids. You might not feel thirsty but listen closely to what your body is telling you. Having a sphygmomanometer might also help since you can monitor your blood pressure. This way, you can tell whether you are starting to have problems or not.

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Acne as symptom of a long-term skin disease

I’ve seen people with acne but not as bad as the image below. The skin condition is called Rosacea. It is a long-term disease that affects the face and sometimes the eye area. It is characterized by redness and pimples. Women and fair skinned individuals are likely to develop it.

A known entertainment writer and columnist had untreated Rosacea before she suffered from full-blown rhinophyma that caused her nose to grow big. But I read from an online publication that she already underwent an operation.

Until now health experts are not sure what causes Rosacea. But a person is predisposed to the skin condition if a relative has it. Rosacea is not life-threatening and can be cured with medicine including rosacea natural treatment and surgery.

Aside from acne, other symptoms are flushing or frequent redness of the face; small, red lines under the skin; swollen nose; thick skin in the forehead, chin and cheeks; red, dry, itchy eyes and sometimes blurry vision.

Info taken from National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases