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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 [...]

How do you get thrush and how is it treated?

Thrush- what causes it and how is it treated? What is thrush? Thrush is caused by a yeast known as “candida albicans”, which lives naturally in parts of the body including the vagina and bowel. Usually candida causes no problems, but sometimes the balance of normal bacteria and fungi gets disturbed. This [...]

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 [...]

hiccups

Bad breath (or “halitosis” to use its medical name) is a common and embarrassing symptom- it can be stressful in social situations, and may even affect a person’s self-confidence.  Some people may have bad breath but be entirely unaware of it. Others may worry they have it when they don’t! It’s hard to accurately [...]

Why do we get hiccups and what treatments work?

What is a hiccup? The diaphragm is a sheet of muscle that separates your chest from your abdomen. It is the main muscle involved in breathing. Hiccups are caused by sudden contractions in the diaphragm- these movements are involuntary, occurring beyond your conscious control. Air is sucked rapidly into your lungs, and around a [...]