Varicose Veins – Causes, Treatment and Prevention

Varicose Veins – Causes, Treatment and Prevention

VARICOSE VEINS  What are Varicose Veins?  Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins that occur under skin of the legs.  They look lumpy and dark blue or purple through your skin.  They are often found behind the knee, calf, or in the groin area. Varicose veins are very common and don’t cause medical problems in most […] Read more
Hair Care for Thinning Hair

Hair Care for Thinning Hair

THINNING HAIR  What is Thinning Hair?  Thinning hair can be due to several factors, the most common of which is androgenetic alopecia.  In women with androgenetic alopecia the thinning hair affects the temples and the crown of the head, the sides are least affected. Androgenetic alopecia is caused by testosterone which is carried by the Read more
Blepharitis – Causes and Treatment

Blepharitis – Causes and Treatment

BLEPHARITIS  What is Blepharitis  Blepharitis is a condition that causes the eyelids to become red and swollen.  It is not contagious, but the patient must follow a stringent cleaning regime to keep the blepharitis under control.  It generally affects older people but can also occur at any age.  Symptoms flare up from time to time […] Read more
Styes – Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

Styes – Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

What is a Stye?  A stye or hordeolum is when an infection occurs near the edge of the eyelid.  Often it appears as a yellow pus-filled spot and may become red, swollen and painful. Styes are caused by staphylococcal bacteria.  This bacteria can survive quite normally on the skin, but if a person is run […] Read more
Gout – Treatment and Prevention

Gout – Treatment and Prevention

GOUT  What is Gout? Gout is a type of arthritis which causes very painful inflammation in your joints, the most common of which is the big toe.  It can also occur in the knees, feet and ankles, elbows, wrists, hands and fingers. Gout is caused by uric acid in the blood.  Uric acid is a […] Read more
Verrucas – Best Treatments and Prevention

Verrucas – Best Treatments and Prevention

VERRUCAE  What are verrucas?  A verruca or plantar wart is caused by a viral infection, called the papillomavirus.  They most often develop on the soles of the feet, particularly on the pressure pads of the feet, e.g. ball of foot and heel.  Because of the pressure of standing and walking, the verrucas can be extremely […] Read more
Cracked Heels – Causes, Treatment and Prevention

Cracked Heels – Causes, Treatment and Prevention

CRACKED HEELS  What are Cracked Heels? Cracked heels or heel fissures are generally caused by very dry skin (xerosis).  In many cases of cracked heels there is a thick, yellow/brown callus along the inside edge of the heel. When pressure is put on the foot by walking or running, the skin around the heel can […] Read more
Blisters – Treatment and Prevention Tips

Blisters – Treatment and Prevention Tips

BLISTERS  What are Blisters?  Blisters are caused by repetitive rubbing and friction on moist skin.  It can occur on both hands and feet. Blisters often form when walking or running with ill-fitting shoes or trainers.  Anything that intensifies rubbing can start a blister. Moisture and heat are the worst culprits because they can make your Read more