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A chronic illness is a condition that persists for a very long time and usually cannot be cured completely by vaccines or by medication. The person will often be tired and in pain. Chronic illness might affect the overall appearance or the physical abilities and independence. Chronic illnesses include diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, kidney disease, HIV/AIDS, lupus, and multiple sclerosis.
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?
Medication, surgery, and long terms treatment plans that include diet and lifestyle changes are the answer for chronic illnesses. The patient may also have to go through counselling or therapy to keep depression at bay.
DID YOU KNOW?
Around one third of people diagnosed with chronic illnesses often get into a state of mental depression.