Top 10 Illnesses in the Philippines, learn how to stay away from them
ACCORDING TO the study done in 2002 by the Department of Health (DOH), the top ten illnesses in the Philippines are the following:
Pneumonia - a serious infection that affects the lungs wherein the oxygen will have difficulty reaching the blood. If there is too little oxygen in the blood, body cells cannot work properly. As a result, infection will spread.
Diarrhea - the passage of loose and watery bowels (more than 3 bowel movements per day) often associated with air presence in the stomach, ballooning of stomach, and abdominal pain, and accompanied by sickness such as vomiting and fever.
Bronchitis - blowing up of the bronchi-air passages that extend from the windpipe to the lungs. The swelling may be caused by viruses, bacteria, smoking, chemical pollutants, and dust.
Influenza - flu, or influenza, is a highly contagious acute respiratory illness caused by the Influenza virus.
Hypertension - highlood pressure, if uncontrolled, causes damage to various organs in the body resulting to other diseases.
TB Respiratory - Tuberculosis or TB is a disease caused by a bacteria that enters the body, usually the lungs, and make a person sick by damaging the tissues that it reaches.
Heart Disease - any disorder that affects the heart such as cardiac disease, congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease, heart attack, and heart failure.
Malaria - an infectious disease caused by parasites that can be transmitted by mosquito bites or by a contaminated needle or transfusion. Any person can acquire malaria usually between dusk and dawn because the kind of mosquito that carries the parasites is active during night time.
Chickenpox - is highly infectious where the virus spreads from person to person by direct contact or through the air by coughing or sneezing. It takes from 10-21 days after contact with an infected person for someone to develop chickenpox.
Measles - a serious and highly contagious virus-led disease characterized by fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and a spreading skin rash. Measles is a potentially disastrous disease.