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
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