Health Tips
  • Diarrhoea

    Diarrhoea is passing loose or watery faeces more than three times a day. It affects almost everyone from time to time and is usually nothing to worry about. A common cause in both children and adults is gastroenteritis, an infection of the bowel. ReadMore...

  • Travel Advice

    Travel vaccinations and disease prevention advice to reduce your exposure to infectious diseases, including hepatitis A, malaria, yellow fever and polio. Practical advice if you're travelling abroad, including vaccinations, DVT, travel insurance and sun safety. ReadMore...

  • Cough and Cold

    A cough is a reflex action to clear your airways of mucus and irritants such as dust or smoke.Coughs may be dry or chesty (see box, below left). They are also classified according to how long they last:Coughs caused by the common cold or by flu usually clear up after several days. Most coughs clear up within two weeks. ReadMore...

  • Sun Protection

    While it's important to be prepared for any dangers that children might face during the summer, it's also important to let them run around and have fun. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) believes that children's activity and play need to be as safe as necessary, not as safe as possible. ReadMore...

  • Hay Fever

    Hay fever is a type of allergic rhinitis caused by pollen or spores. Allergic rhinitis is a condition where an allergen (something that causes an allergic reaction) makes the inside of your nose inflamed (swollen). Hay fever affects the nose, sinuses (small air-filled cavities behind your cheekbones and forehead), throat and eyes. ReadMore...

  • Small Cuts

    Cuts and grazes are some of the most common injuries. Minor cuts and grazes (where only the surface layer of skin is cut or scraped off) may bleed and feel slightly painful, but the affected area will normally scab over and heal quickly. However, if the cut is in an area that is constantly moving, such as your knee joint, it may take longer to heal. Depending on how deep the cut is and where it is on your body, a scar may remain once the cut has healed. ReadMore...

  • Diabetes

    Diabetes is a long-term condition caused by too much glucose, a type of sugar, in the blood. It is also known as diabetes mellitus. There are two main types of diabetes, which are explained below:
    type 1 diabetes
    type 2 diabetes
    In the UK, diabetes affects approximately 2.8 million people. More than one million people are thought to have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. ReadMore...

  • Measles

    Measles (sometimes known as morbilli) is a highly infectious viral illness. It causes a range of symptoms including fever, coughing and distinctive red-brown spots on the skin. The measles virus is contained in the millions of tiny droplets that come out of the nose and mouth when an infected person coughs or sneezes. You can catch measles by breathing in these droplets or, if the droplets have settled on a surface, by touching the surface and then placing your hands near your nose or mouth. ReadMore...

  • Back Pain

    Back pain is a common condition that affects most people at some point during their life. Most cases of back pain are associated with pain and stiffness in the lower back. ReadMore...

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