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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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Beauty and the skin cream beasts that can kill

Written by: Kofi Dwinfour Thousands of image-conscious Londoners are risking their health and even their lives by continuing to use banned skin lightening creams that can seriously damage organs and even cause cancer, according to London Trading Standards....

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How do you diagnose a rash?

Written by: Kofi DwinfourJust by answering 5 simple questions a doctor should be able to determine what the rash is. by Tim Hegan, from Dr Morton’s – the medical helpline A. Where is it? B. What does it look and feel like? C. Has it changed? D. How are you...

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Written 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...

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Spotlight On… Shingles

Written 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...

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Spotlight On… Actinic Keratosis

Written 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...

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Spotlight On… Bowen’s Disease

Written 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)...

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Spotlight On… Athlete’s Foot

Written 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...

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Skincare – Travelling by Plane

Written by: Sinéad Gormley This post should be helpful for those of you who are travelling by plane anytime soon, and for future air travel! I always notice that after I fly, my skin is in a pretty horrendous state- dry, flaky and just plain (excuse the pun!) dull...

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