If you've got a rash or a persistent cough, you can call that an ailment. Some other common ailments are allergies or chronic headaches. They can be a real pain. Literally.

The word ailment comes from the Old English eglan meaning "to trouble, plague, afflict," and the suffix -ment from the Latin mentum, which when added to the end of word describing an action turns that word into the result of that action. So the result of something that troubles, plagues or afflicts you is an ailment — a pain or discomfort that just doesn't seem to go away.

Definitions of ailment
  1. noun
    an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining
    synonyms: complaint, ill
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    a minor nonspecific ailment
    kinetosis, motion sickness
    the state of being dizzy or nauseated because of the motions that occur while traveling in or on a moving vehicle
    air sickness, airsickness
    motion sickness experienced while traveling by air (especially during turbulence)
    car sickness
    motion sickness experienced while traveling in a car
    mal de mer, naupathia, seasickness
    motion sickness experienced while traveling on water
    type of:
    disorder, upset
    a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning
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