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I have just started the game, but only 5 steps after entering the cave, I step on a square occupied by a plant with spiked leaves, and become infected with Hades itch. Nasty! Casting Resist diseases spell and potions ahead of time don’t seem to help. Went away for a while, had a nap, came back, but invariably I get the dreaded itch at this same location every time. I tried to scorch the plant with spells and hack it with my sword, but doesn’t help. To make matters worse, if I proceed further to the transporter room, there’s another one of those same damn plants, and I invariably catch Gehenna Fever at this location.
According to the faq, curing these diseases is no easy matter. After I exit the teleporter, my stats are so depleted by these two diseases, that I can’t make any progress without being skewered (Level 32).
Is there some way to avoid these two diseases so early in the game?