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Croup

What is Croup? Croup is a common condition that occurs in young children under six years of age (peak from 6 -36 months). Croup occurs when children suffer one of the many common viral...

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Sore Throat

Sore throat is a very common and uncomfortable problem. Here’s a run down on the common causes and treatment.   Pharyngitis (Laryngitis & Bronchitis)   Pharyngitis is a viral infection affecting the pharynx (upper...

Artist's impression of the shingles rash. Note it does not cross the midline and occurs in the distribution of a single nerve.

Shingles Vaccine For Older Adults

From November 2016, adults aged between 71 and 79 years of age will be offered free vaccination against shingles. Vaccination could be considered in anyone over 60 years of age.   What is Shingles?...

Young girl coughing

Whooping Cough, Cough, Cough

What is whooping cough?  Whooping cough or “Pertussis” is a highly contagious bacterial infection, causing a cough that lasts up to three months. It is sometimes called “the 100-day cough”. Whooping cough is common...

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What is it With Warts?

Warts are caused by a virus known as Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Most people would recognise the irregular growths that can occur on the skin (common warts) or feet (plantar warts). The virus targets cells...