Health. Vocabulary list

Words and phrases to speak about health


How to say you are ill 

  • I’m (feel) ill / sick
  • I’m (feel) tired out / worn out/ exhausted / shattered
  • I feel under the weather/ off  colour (indisposed, slightly unwell)
  • I’m on my last legs
  • You look poorly
  • He looks like death warmed up
How to say you are feeling OK
  • I feel good (about emotional state)
  • I feel well (about health)
  • be a picture of (good) health (be in a very healthy condition — The doctor told him that he is a picture of good health)
  • be hale and hearty (be in a good health — In spite of her old age, she looks hale and hearty)
  • be alive and kicking (to continue to be well, healthy or successful —  Don’t worry about your grandfather; he is alive and kicking)
  • feel as right as rain
  • I feel great! / I’m on top of the world / I feel like a million dollars!
  • He’s glowing with health
Health problems
  • I have a headache / toothache / backache / stomachache / earache…
  • I have a pain in my back / tooth / head…
  • I have a broken / sprained / twisted ankle /  wrist.
  • I have a flu / cold / runny nose / fever / high temperature / sore throat
  • I feel sick. I’m feeling nauseous.
  • I have a bruise / cut / graze / wound.
  • I’m running a temperature
  • I have a painful sunburn
  • It hurts me to swallow
Health advice:
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Take up (jogging, yoga)
  • Eat healthy food.
  • Brush your teeth regularly.
  • Sleep early (= don’t stay up late!)
  • Have a regular medical check-up/ an X-Ray/ an examination
  • Relax/ take it easy
  • Go on a diet
  • Cut down on (salt)
  • Cut out (fat)
  • give up (smoking)
  • keep off alcohol
  • avoid stress
  • go for a walk/ spend more time in the open air
Medicines
  • eye drops
  • ointment
  • syringe
  • syrup
  • bandage
  • dose (of medicine)
  • drugs
  • shot / injection (give some an injection)
  • medicine (take medicine)
  • pain-killer
  • pill
  • plaster
  • tablet
  • tranquilizer
Treatment
  • check-up
  • diagnosis
  • operation / surgery
  • prescription
People
  • ophthalmologist
  • dentist
  • doctor / physician
  • general practitioner (GP)
  • midwife
  • nurse
  • patient
  • specialist
  • surgeon
Places
  • doctor’s
  • pharmacy / drugstore /chemist’s
  • hospital
  • operating theatre
  • surgery (medical operation)
  • waiting room
  • ward (a geriatric/maternity/psychiatric ward/ an intensive care ward )
Verb phrases
  • get over/ recover from an illness
  • fall ill
  • go/come down with an illness
  • catch an illness/ to pick up an illness
  • put on weight
  • consult/ see/ make an appointment with a doctor

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