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How to treat shingles

Written by: Tim Hegan Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster herpes virus, which also causes chickenpox. When you have chickenpox, the virus stays dormant – but it can become active again at any time. You’ll be especially vulnerable when your immunity is low – for...

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by Kofi Dwinfour Pruritus is the medical term for what is colloquially called an itch. Although pruritus is a common symptom of many dermatological conditions, such as radiation dermatitis and atopic dermatitis, it can also be a standalone condition....

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Spotlight On… Shingles

By Deen Kurrimbux Shingles is a viral infection along a nerve pathway and the surrounding tissue. The same virus that causes chickenpox is responsible for shingles (also called herpes zoster). There are two main areas of the body where shingles usually...

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Spotlight On… Actinic Keratosis

by Deen Kurrimbux Actinic keratoses (AK) are dry scaly patches of skin caused by long-term exposure to the sun. Also known as solar keratoses the patches can vary in colour (red, pink or brown) and diameter (from millimetres to centimetres) and the skin...

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Spotlight On… Bowen’s Disease

by Deen Kurrimbux An early form of easily treatable skin cancer. The abnormal growth takes place on the outer layer of the skin called the squamous cells. When viewed under a magnifying lens these cells appear hexagonal. Bowen’s disease (BD) spreads along...

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Spotlight On… Athlete’s Foot

By Deen Kurrimbux Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot (AF),is a fungal infection usually occurring between the toes. It appears as an itchy, red rash on the skin. Bacteria and fungi are naturally found on the foot (and other areas of the...

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Do we need a campaign to explain what SPF means?

By Kofi Dwinfour A new U. S. university study has found that many people seem to be confused by sunscreen terminology. Only 43 per cent of people surveyed understood the definition of sun factor protection (SPF) and only seven per cent knew what to look for on a label...

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Summer sun protection top tips

By Kofi Dwinfour It is almost Midsummer and naturally, all our thoughts turn to fun in the sun, either here or abroad. Exposure to the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays increases the risk of skin cancer, which is why proper sun protection is essential. In fact, the...

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