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infection

Hair & nails
June 17, 2019

How to prevent and treat ingrown toenails

You have a 20-minute walk home from the bus station. To make things worse you’re limping because your toe is throbbing. Could an ingrown toenail be the culprit?
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Child HealthParenting
May 13, 2019

How to treat the yellow rash on your baby’s scalp

Are there flaky or scaly patches on your baby’s head? While dandruff may be somewhat rare in babies, cradle cap isn’t. Here is how you can treat it.
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Eye Health
May 13, 2019

What to do about that painful bump in your eyelid

Do you have a bump or swelling on your eyelid? Don’t worry, it’s probably just a chalazion (the plural is chalazia), a small bump that forms on the eyelid.
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Child HealthParenting
May 13, 2019

Does your child have meningitis? Know the danger signs

Spotting meningitis can be tricky, and it can be easy for your little one to develop it without you knowing. By getting to know the signs and symptoms, you can ensure your child gets the right treatment before it becomes serious.
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
May 12, 2019

Could your swelling be from lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a long-term condition where excess fluids in your tissues cause swelling in your arms and legs. It develops when your lymphatic system doesn’t work properly, and this can be due to several causes – some quite serious.
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Ears, Nose & Throat
January 26, 2019

Sore throat? Here’s what to do

A sore throat is any painful, scratchy or dry feeling in the throat. Sore throats have many different causes. Some are brought on by viral or bacterial infections; others are caused allergies, dry air or environmental irritants. Common signs and symptoms of a sore throat: Burning Dryness Trouble swallowing. Tenderness A raw feeling. Irritation Scratchiness Why is your throat sore? Colds, the flu and other viral infections Viruses are responsible for approximately 90% of sore throats. Common viral infections that could lead to a sore throat include: The common cold. The flu. Chickenpox (an infection that leaves you with a…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
October 22, 2018

What to do when you get bitten or stung

Outdoor fun during summer comes with a high risk of insect bites and stings. In most cases, these aren’t serious and get better in no time. In some cases, however, insect bites can cause an allergic reaction. This can either be a mild reaction causing the affected part to swell and become painful, or a severe reaction that could become life-threatening. With a more severe allergic reaction, you could become dizzy, nauseous, have breathing difficulties, find yourself wheezing, have chest pain, cramps, a swollen face or mouth and a blotchy rash that spreads to other parts of the body. If…
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Sexual Health
October 8, 2018

Could I have an STD?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) spread from person to person during any sexual activity. A mother can even pass these on to her baby during pregnancy and birth. You must always, under all circumstances, practise safe sex! Use a new condom every single time you have sex. This applies to oral sex too. According to the World Health Organization, more than a million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are acquired every day, worldwide. The majority of STIs either have no symptoms or only mild symptoms that may not be recognised as an STI. Sexually transmitted diseases are serious, and while some have symptoms,…
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Ears, Nose & Throat
October 8, 2018

How to heal an ear infection

Do your ears feel sore? Have trouble hearing? You may have an ear infection. Ear infections are caused by bacteria, viruses and occasionally (but hardly ever), yeast. An ear infection can happen in your outer ear, your inner ear or your middle ear. Outer ear infection An outer ear infection happens when the skin tissue that covers your ear canal becomes infected, usually with bacteria. This can happen if you spend a lot of time in water (e.g. pools and the ocean). It also happens if you’ve injured your ear canal by inserting objects in it (e.g. a cotton earbud…
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