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?
The diagnosis of chronic disease is primarily based on the symptom as there are many types of illnesses related. The therapist usually performs a physical examination and asks for medical and family history to identify the problem. The doctor will then suggest tests for further detection to diagnose the exact cause of the illness.
HOW IS CHRONIC ILLNESS TREATED?
A growing body of evidence supports that prevention is effective in reducing the effect of a chronic condition; in particular, early detection results in less severe outcomes. Clinical preventive services include screening for the existence of the disease or predisposition to its development, counseling and immunizations against infectious agents. Public health programs are important in educating the public, and promoting healthy lifestyles and awareness about chronic diseases. In the treatment of HIV, antiretroviral therapies mean that many patients will experience this infection as a chronic disease that form may span several decades of their life.