A condition is a human health condition or disease that is persistent or otherwise long-lasting in its effects or a disease that comes with time. The term chronic is often applied when the course of the disease lasts for more than three months. Common chronic diseases include arthritis, asthma, cancer, COPD, diabetes and viral diseases such as hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS
HOW IS CHRONIC ILLNESS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosing a chronic illness is not a difficult task. The symptoms when they last longer are a clear enough indication of a long term illness. There can be blood tests and other lab tests as well as scans and imaging tests that can confirm a specific type of chronic illness to make it easier to manage it.
HOW IS CHRONIC ILLNESS TREATED?
Treatment of chronic illnesses depends on the type of illness. Chronic illnesses like diabetes or asthma can only be medically managed and not cured, while some chronic viral infections can be treated with antibiotic dosages. Other types of chronic illnesses like multiple sclerosis, or arthritis cannot be treated, but only temporary symptomatic relief is possible.
DID YOU KNOW?
Around one third of people diagnosed with chronic illnesses often get into a state of mental depression.