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Food Poisoning

Published on 5th December 2017

What is Food Poisoning? When you eat food that is contaminated this can cause food poisoning and it is impossible to tell if food is contaminated by looking at it. For most people food poisoning is not serious and you will get better in a few days. There are an estimated 500,000 cases of food […]

Psoriasis

Published on 29th November 2017

What is psoriasis? Psoriasis is a long-term disease of the skin resulting in skin that is red and scaly. Psoriasis is common and affects up to 1.8 million people in the U.K. Psoriasis is equally common in men and women and tends to be more common from late teens to early 30’s and then strikes […]

Cold Sores

Published on 28th November 2017

What is a cold sore? A cold sore is a small, painful fluid filled blister or cluster of blisters. A cold sore usually appears on the edges of the lip where it joins the surrounding skin but can sometimes also be found in the nostrils or on the nose. You usually get the virus for […]

Sleep Apnoea

Published on 22nd November 2017

What is sleep apnoea? Sleep apnoea is a breathing problem that occurs when you are sleeping. The most common form is called obstructive sleep apnoea. Sleep apnoea can affect everyone at any age, the word apnoea is from the Greek and means “without breath”. What causes sleep apnoea? When we sleep our throat muscles relax […]

Aspirin

Published on 21st November 2017

What is Aspirin?  Aspirin or acetylsalicylic acid as its generic name is a common medicine that has many uses. The active ingredient in aspirin, acetylsalicylic acid, is a derivative of salicin, which occurs naturally in the bark and leaves of trees such as the willow tree. Aspirin in various forms has been in use since […]

Ibuprofen Painkiller

Published on 10th October 2017

What is Ibuprofen Ibuprofen is a commonly used painkiller which comes from a group of drugs called NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Another drug commonly found in this group is aspirin. Ibuprofen can be used to ease mild to moderate pain, for example if you have any dental pain, back pain, headaches or period pains. Ibuprofen […]

Toothache

Published on 27th September 2017

What is Toothache? Toothache refers to pain felt in and around the teeth and jaws. What are the symptoms of toothache? Toothache can be felt in many ways.  It can be constant or it can come and go, be mild or severe.  It may be felt as a sudden sharp pain when eating or drinking, […]

Ringworm

Published on 27th September 2017

What is ringworm? Ringworm is a very common fungal skin infection also called tinea corporis. Ringworm is mostly common amongst children; however, it can affect people of all ages.  Despite the name “ringworm” it is not caused by a worm. What are the symptoms of ringworm? Ringworm usually causes a red, circular scaly rash on […]

Inflammatory bowel disease – Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis

Published on 27th September 2017

What is inflammatory bowel disease? Inflammatory bowel disease is the chronic inflammation of all or part of your digestive system(gut). Inflammatory bowel disease is the term used for two conditions, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Both conditions can be debilitating and lead to complications. What is the difference between inflammatory bowel disease and ulcerative colitis? […]

Indigestion

Published on 27th September 2017

What is indigestion? Indigestion is a common problem that most people will experience at some time. Indigestion is also called dyspepsia, usually by doctors. Indigestion causes an unpleasant pain or discomfort in the chest or stomach area. In most cases its usually mild and doesn’t cause many problems but some people can suffer frequent bouts […]

Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)

Published on 26th September 2017

What is Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)? Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease or GORD for short is a common condition that occurs when acid from the stomach leaks up into the oesophagus(gullet). The oesophagus is the tube which runs from the mouth to the stomach. What causes GORD? When you eat, food passes down the oesophagus, at the […]

Gastroenteritis

Published on 26th September 2017

What is gastroenteritis? Gastroenteritis is a common condition commonly called a stomach bug. Gastroenteritis is an irritation of the stomach and bowel which causes vomiting and diarrhoea. Gastroenteritis can be very unpleasant but doesn’t usually last long and is usually out of your system in a few days. What causes gastroenteritis? Gastroenteritis can be caused […]

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