Illnesses Vocabulary

This illnesses vocabulary list includes common aches and pains we feel in our bodies. Another word for illness is sickness.

Listen to the video to hear the correct pronunciation -- in American English -- and practice saying the word out loud during the pauses after each word.

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Illnesses vocabulary in pictures

toothache:  a pain in the tooth.

backache:  pain in the back.

headache:  pain in the head.

sore shoulder:  pain in the shoulder muscle.

sinus pressure:  when the sinuses are swollen. It is common to have a headache with the sinuses are swollen.

have a fever / have a temperature:  to have a higher than normal body temperature.

seasonal allergies:  an allergic reaction to pollen in the air. Symptoms include watery or itchy eyes and nose, coughing, sneezing.

Read more about allergies here.

dizziness / feeling dizzy:  a feeling that everything is turning around and that you might fall down or feel nauseous.

heartburn:  a painful feeling in the chest when the body is having difficulty digesting food.

stomach ache / upset stomach (nauseous):  pain in the stomach / feeling like you might vomit (throw up).

diarrhea:  an illness where your body very frequently passes waste in more of a liquid than solid form.


broken bones:  bones that have been fractured or broken and are usually set in a cast to keep the bone in place while it heals.

bruise:  a dark area and painful area on the skin where the body has been hurt.

Your turn to practice

This is not a complete list of illnesses vocabulary but perhaps you have experienced some of these common aches and pains.

Which has been your most recent illness? What were the symptoms? Are you generally in good health? Have you ever had a serious illness?

Feel free to write anything you wish about this vocabulary related to aches, pains and illnesses. This is your chance to practice and remember the saying, practice makes perfect!  :)


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