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
Look out for the Dangers of Wasp Stings

Look out for the Dangers of Wasp Stings

WASP STINGS  What is a Wasp Sting?  A wasp sting is when a wasp feels under attack and they sting as a means of self-defence.  A wasp has a stinger which contains poisonous venom, which they transmit to the victim’s skin. Usually, the vast majority of people recover from a wasp sting and don’t suffer […] Read more
Bee Stings – Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

Bee Stings – Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

BEE STINGS  What is a Bee Sting?  A bee sting only happens when female worker bees think they, or their colony, is under attack, and they then act in self-defense. If a person disrupts a bee hive, they may be attacked by a swarm of bees and if stung multiple times, this in turn can […] Read more
Tick Bites and Lyme Disease

Tick Bites and Lyme Disease

TICK BITES AND LYME DISEASE (BORRELIOSIS)   What is a Tick?  Ticks are tiny, blood sucking insects about the size of a pin head.  They feed by biting the skin and sucking blood from humans as well as animals, such as mice, sheep or family pets. There are four stages to a tick’s life cycle:  egg, […] Read more
Flea Bites – How to Prevent or Treat them

Flea Bites – How to Prevent or Treat them

FLEA BITES  What are Flea Bites? Fleas are parasites who in order to survive need to feed on the blood of their victims. Flea bites on humans, generally come from family pets. e.g. a cat or a dog, or they can also come from an infestation in your carpet or bedding. The bites are often […] Read more