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Sickle Cell Anaemia This condition results from abnormalities in the blood structure of certain individuals. What to look for joint pain, pain in the abdomen, or along the arms and legs. fatigue, jaundice, and rapid heartbeat. recurring infections. delayed growth and development. a painful persistent erection This disease is inherited and is quite...

Shingles Shingles is a painful condition caused by the herpes zoster virus, in which a line-like rash develops around the body. What to look for slight fever, chills, upset stomach. pain and tenderness usually on one side of your face or body. tingling, itching, or prickling skin followed by an...

Shin Splints What to look for Shin splints are characterised by pain occasionally swelling anywhere in the lower leg. Usually any pain in the lower leg is referred to as shin splints. It is to do with the muscles that enable the foot to move. Injuries that result...

Sexual Dysfunction This is the inability of either or both partners to fully enjoy sexual intercourse. What to look for For men, you may have a sexual problem if you: ejaculate prematurely do not ejaculate. are unable to have sustain an erection; see Impotence. feel pain during intercourse. lack sexual desire consistently For women,...

Scoliosis Scoliosis is an excessive backwards or sideways curvature of the spine. What to look for the entire body seems to tilt to one side. the shoulders, hips and legs appear uneven. from the front the ribs appear more prominent. Scoliosis is a progressive sideways curvature of the spine. People with...

Sciatica This condition occurs as a result of a slipped disc or other reasons (see the section slipped disc). What to look for pain radiating through your buttock, down the back of your thigh and leg, often to your foot. Activity may make it worse. The disc may bulge because...

Schizophrenia This is a mental illness characterised by severe irrationality in thought and behaviour. What to look for A diagnosis of schizophrenia is considered when a person experiences at least two of the following symptoms: delusions. hallucinations. disorganised speech. irrational behaviour, rigidity, or floppiness of limbs. negative symptoms, such as inaction, silence, loss...

Scarlet Fever Scarlet Fever is an infectious bacterial disease. What to look for Scarlet fever occurs most frequently in children. Its symptoms include: bright red or scarlet rash, usually beginning on the neck or chest. high fever. sore throat. tongue coated with red spots. infected tonsils vomiting. Scarlet fever is a childhood disease that was...

Scabies These are tiny mites living on the skin, which feed off dead skin cells. What to look for When the female mite start to breed, the symptoms will be as follows: intensely itchy rash located between the fingers or around the wrists, elbows, navel, nipples, lower abdomen, and...

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