A-Z

Ringworm

Ringworm

Ringworm is a common and highly infectious skin infection which causes of ring-like red rash on the skin. It can appear almost anywhere on the body but commonly affects the scalp, feet and groin. Medically it’s known as ‘tinea’, it isn’t serious and can be treated using creams sold by a pharmacy. It is highly

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Warts and verruca

Warts are small, rough stumps that often develop on the skin of the hands and feet, although they can form anywhere on the body. Warts can develop in clusters or on their own and can vary in appearance, they are not cancerous. Verrucas are warts that usually develop on the soles of the feet. What

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Mumps

Mumps is a viral infection which is highly contagious and is commonly found in children. The tell-tale signs of this infection is the painful swelling of the parotid glands, found on the side of the face under the ears. Other symptoms include joint pain, high temperature and headaches. If you suspect mumps you should see

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Measles

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be unpleasant and can even in serious cases lead to death. Good news is it rare in the UK due to the effectiveness of the MMR vaccination. Anyone can get measles unless they have been vaccinated, and it’s commonly found in children aged between one and

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Head lice and treatment

Head lice are tiny wingless insects that live in human hair and they commonly affect children. When fully grown they are the size of a sesame seed, they cannot jump, fly or swim and are passed from one infected person to the next through head contact. Head lice infestation is not down to poor hygiene

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Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils, these are two small glands at the back of the throat behind the tongue. It’s a common type of infection in children although it can affect adults. Tonsillitis symptoms include: a sore throat that can feel worse when swallowing coughing headache high temperature or fever, over 38*c (100.4*F)

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