Common infections

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Common Infections

From gastroenteritis to sore throats and head colds- there are many common infections that cause people to miss work, university or other scheduled commitments. Most viral illnesses are self-limiting, and simply require time, rest and supportive measures such as adequate hydration and pain relief. In the case of the common cold, there are many remedies available over-the-counter in pharmacies- however only some are scientifically proven to help- we look at these in our article about treatment for the common cold.  Gastroenteritis also tends to be a self-limiting illness. The key is good fluid intake- oral rehydration solutions such as Hydrolyte or Gastrolyte are particularly helpful. We also take a look at some common childhood viruses such as Croup, Hand Foot and Mouth disease and Slapped Cheek Syndrome. Many parents worry about high fevers in their children- we explore what causes a high temperature, strategies for management, and the warning signs that something more serious might be going on.

Health Library- Common Infections

The Listeria Outbreak- what is Listeria and what are the symptoms?

The Listeria Outbreak- what is Listeria & what are the symptoms? As has been widely reported in the media, several elderly Australians have died in the past few weeks from Listeria infection, having eaten contaminated cantaloupe melons (rockmelons) grown in a farm in New South Wales. So, what exactly is Listeria and how [...]

Shingles- what is it and how do you get it?

Shingles- what causes it and how do you get it? What is Shingles? Shingles (also known as Herpes Zoster) is a painful blistering rash caused by the same virus that causes Chicken Pox. Once you’ve had Chicken Pox at some point in your life, you can later get Shingles. This is because the [...]

Scarlet Fever- symptoms, causes & treatment

Scarlet Fever- symptoms, causes & treatment What is Scarlet Fever? Scarlet Fever was once a very common illness, and used to be a major cause of death in childhood. With improvements in living conditions and hygiene, as well as the availability of antibiotics, it’s now much less frequent and is easily treatable if it [...]

Conjunctivitis- what causes it and how it’s treated

Conjunctivitis- what causes it and how it's treated     What is conjunctivitis? Conjunctivitis is a common infection of the eye. The conjunctiva is the clear membrane covering the white of the eye and the inner part of the eyelid. In conjunctivitis, this membrane gets inflamed, leading to redness and irritation. What causes [...]

Glandular Fever- the facts about the “kissing disease”

Glandular Fever- the key facts about the "kissing disease"     What is Glandular Fever? Glandular Fever (also known as Infectious Mononucleosis) is a viral illness caused by the Epstein-Barr Virus (or EBV for short). EBV belongs to the Herpes family. Other Herpes viruses cause familiar infections such as cold sores, genital herpes and [...]

What causes warts and what wart treatments work?

What causes warts and what wart treatments work?     How do you get warts? Warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). This can affect anyone, but can more easily enter damaged or irritated skin (e.g. if you bite your nails). Children are more prone to warts than adults, as their [...]

Fungal toenail infections- the causes & treatment options

Fungal toenail infection- causes and treatment     Fungal toenail infections can be stubborn and hard to get rid of. It may cause less concern in winter, when feet can be hidden away from view. But when summer comes and it’s time for the beach, unsightly and discoloured toenails can be a bit [...]

Pitted Keratolysis-a common & curable cause of smelly feet

Pitted Keratolysis- a common & curable cause of smelly feet   What is Pitted Keratolysis? Pitted Keratolysis is a common cause of smelly feet. But unless you look closely you may not realise you have it. Several different bacteria may be to blame, including Corynebacteria, Dermatophilus Congolensis, and Micrococcus Sedentarius. Learn more [...]