Illnesses

Have you been suffering from an illness for a long time? Do you regularly take medication? Did you undergo medical treatment in your country of origin, or when fleeing?

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Go to Medic-Help and explain your problems.

Some illnesses are contagious. This means that the illness can be transmitted from one person to another. This can happen through the air, dirty hands, blood or sexual intercourse, as well as vomit, excretions or direct contact.

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Contact Medic-Help in case you have these symptoms. This helps to protect yourself and the people around you.

Diseases such as gonorrhoea, herpes, syphilis or chlamydia can be transmitted during sexual intercourse. Effects can include secretions, itchiness and swellings, ulcers or pain in the genital area. However, you could also be infected without showing any symptoms.

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Protect yourself against sexually transmitted diseases. Always use a condom during sexual intercourse. You can obtain them in the centre or purchase them at the chemist's, in pharmacies or in most supermarkets.

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In case you have any indication of a sexually transmitted disease, go to Medic-Help.

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If you are unsure about whether you could have been infected with a sexually transmitted disease after sexual intercourse without a condom, go for a consultation at Medic-Help. Do not wait until you have symptoms.

HIV is a virus that weakens the immune system. You can carry the virus without having any symptoms. If you are not on medication, it can weaken your body to such an extent that you become ill. This is referred to as Aids.

This disease is transmitted through blood, during sexual intercourse without a condom, through used unclean syringes, or directly from a mother to her unborn child. If you have this virus, you can infect other people even without any sign of symptoms showing.

HIV/Aids is not curable. However, medication helps to control the virus and reduce the effects.

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Protect yourself against HIV/Aids. Always use a condom during sexual intercourse. You can obtain them at the centre or purchase them at the chemist's, in pharmacies or in most supermarkets.

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Always use clean and unused syringes for intravenous drug use to avoid getting infected.

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Go for a consultation at Medic-Help if you are unsure about whether you may have been infected with HIV/Aids or another sexually transmitted disease after sexual intercourse without a condom. Do not wait until you have symptoms.

People with tuberculosis cough over a minimum period of three weeks, have fever, sweat at night, or lose weight. Tuberculosis can be transmitted when healthy people inhale the air coughed up by people with the illness.

Tuberculosis is dangerous. However, if this illness is detected at an early stage it can be cured. The treatment takes at least six months.

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If you have any symptoms of tuberculosis, have already been treated for tuberculosis once or were in contact with a person who had this illness, go to Medic-Help.

Alcohol, drugs and other substances can make you addicted and damage your health. Reject the use of drugs.

Diseases can be transmitted via blood in the case of intravenous drug use, for example, when used syringes are employed.

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If you cannot say no to drugs, always use clean and unused syringes to avoid getting infected.

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An addiction can be treated and mitigated. Contact Medic-Help.

Difficult experiences or violence – such as war, escape, torture and rape – can cause the body or mind to get sick. Heavy alcohol consumption or other addictions can also play a role.

Many individuals affected find it difficult to talk about mental illnesses. It is important to take them seriously and to receive treatment as you would for other illnesses.

Possible symptoms of mental illnesses include not sleeping well over a longer period of time, nightmares, inexplicable pain or other problems.

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Mental suffering can be treated. Contact Medic-Help.

Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease. Typical indications are fever and skin rash with clear bubbles initially. You can protect yourself against chickenpox by receiving a vaccination.

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If you or your child have any signs of chickenpox, go to Medic-Help.

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If you have not had chickenpox yet, receive a vaccination. Go to Medic-Help.

People with measles often suffer from fever, red eyes, cough and skin rash with red spots. You can protect yourself against measles by receiving a vaccination.

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If you or your child have any signs of measles, go to Medic-Help.

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If you have not had measles yet, receive a vaccination. Go to Medic-Help.

Diphtheria is an illness of the upper respiratory tracts or skin. There are two types: throat diphtheria and skin diphtheria.

Persons with throat diphtheria often suffer from throat aches, fever and pain when swallowing. The most important indication of skin diphtheria are wounds that heal badly. You can protect yourself against diphtheria by receiving a vaccination.

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If you or your child have any signs of diphtheria, go to Medic-Help.

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If you have not had diphtheria yet, receive a vaccination. Go to Medic-Help.

Scabies is a widely spread skin disease. It is triggered by parasites that dig their way into the skin.

Body reactions include strong itchiness, papules and skin rash, mostly in the genital area, between fingers, on the wrists and other joints, under the arms and on the nipples.

The disease is transmitted through direct skin contact between two people.

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If you or your child have any signs of scabies, go to Medic-Help.

In the case of an inflammation of the stomach and intestines, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea occur, accompanied by fever and stomach pains. People who have this illness often lose a lot of fluid in a short time.

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In case you have any indication of gastro-enteritis, go to Medic-Help.

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Drink enough water or tea in small quantities.

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Wash your hands regularly with soap in order to avoid infecting others.

There are many other diseases. Here you will mainly find information about the most important infectious diseases.

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Go to Medic-Help even when your symptoms do not match the diseases described here.

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