Glandular fever

What is glandular fever? Glandular fever, also called infectious mononucleosis, is a viral infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. The Epstein-Barr virus is part of the herpes group of viruses and is very common, however, like the other herpes viruses you may be infected but never show any symptoms. The vast majority of people with…

Drug Testing Information

Watch the effects of Cannabis Drugs are everywhere around us and most parents worry about their child becoming involved with drugs. Parents often feel they don’t know enough about drugs to help prevent their child from coming to harm. In this section of our site, there are basic details on the most commonly used drugs…

Children’s Health

In this section of the site we have aimed to cover illnesses and problems we believe to be the most frequent in children. Don’t forget if you don’t find it under this section try our search facility as it may be under a different section. If the illness/condition you require information on is not on…

Whooping cough

What is whooping cough? Whooping cough also known as pertussis is a very infectious illness affecting the bronchial tubes and the lungs. It mainly affects young children, though adults can also be affected. Fortunately, whooping cough is now very rare in the U.K. as a result of an effective vaccine. What causes whooping cough? Whooping…

Thrush

What is thrush? Several different organisms can cause vaginal discharge and irritation (vaginitis). The most common organisms being :- The yeast candida (that causes thrush). The bacteria gardnerella vaginalis (bacterial vaginosis). The parasite. trichomonas vaginalis. Thrush is the term used for a common infection caused by a yeast like fungus called candida albicans. Thrush is…

Tetanus

What is tetanus? Tetanus is a rare but serious disease of the central nervous system. Tetanus cannot be spread from person to person. What causes tetanus? Tetanus is caused by a bacterium, which lives in soil and manure. The bacterium enters the body through an open wound for example, one caused by animal bites, burns…

Sore throats

What is the throat? Your throat runs from the back of your mouth to the top of your respiratory and digestive tracts, it comprises the tonsils, larynx and pharynx. Your throat has an important function – it helps to filter out potentially harmful  bacteria, which can lead to infection.   What is a sore throat?…

Polio

What is polio? Polio, also known as poliomyelitis is a very serious, contagious condition. Polio can affect both adults and children but thankfully, as a result of successful vaccines, polio is becoming very rare in most countries. The Americas, U.K. and most of Europe are free of polio as a disease but with people taking…

Mumps

What is mumps? Mumps is caused by the paramyxovirus, a relative of the measles virus. Mumps causes enlargement of the 2 salivary glands. The salivary glands are found towards the back of each cheek, in the area between the ear and the jaw. What causes mumps to spread? Mumps is spread from person to person…

Meningitis

What is meningitis? Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, the lining surrounding the brain and spinal cord. It can occur at any age but it is most likely to affect young children and young adults. Thankfully, it is a rare illness but although some cases are mild, meningitis can be fatal if not dealt…

Measles

What is measles? Measles is a contagious infection caused by a virus. Measles was once common, but because of immunization it is now fortunately becoming very rare. How is measles spread? Measles is spread very easily from person to person, when droplets of the virus are circulated through the air from an infected person coughing…

Juvenile arthritis

What is juvenile arthritis? Juvenile arthritis refers to all types of arthritis that affect children. However, it is fortunately quite rare. There are three main types of juvenile arthritis: Polyarthritis – this type affects five or more joints and is more common in girls. This type commonly affects smaller joints like the hands and feet,…