Antibiotics are prescribed to treat some types of bacterial infection. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in response to the use of these medicines. In 2018, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released data on antibiotic resistance, revealing high levels of resistance to a number of serious bacterial infections in both high- and low-income countries.
Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) can drastically affect people’s mood and lifestyle. It can be a long term condition that fluctuates in nature and severity.
Migraine headaches can affect people’s mood and lifestyles when they occur frequently. Migraines can occur at any age but they usually begin in young adults and peak between ages 30 to 40. About 90% of people who have migraines experience the first one before the age of 40.
Eczema is the name for a group of inflammatory skin conditions that cause the skin to become itchy, red, swollen and cracked. It is often a chronic (long lasting) condition, though it can improve significantly and usually clears completely over time.
It is essential to stay on top of your health with a health check. As you get older, your risk of serious health conditions increases. A full body health check can help you reduce your risk of getting a serious health condition such as heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes or a stroke.
Stress is an emotional and physical response to pressure, adversity, or demanding circumstances. We all experience stress in our lives, but too much stress stress can have a negative impact on our health. This kind of stress, can lead to mental health issues like anxiety, burnout, and depression as well as physical conditions like heart disease. Stress can cause both psychological (mental) and physical symptoms.
COVID-19 or coronavirus disease is an infectious disease that is spread by the virus severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
Pneumonia is not a single disease symptom, but a group of symptoms causing inflammation of one or both lungs. In pneumonia there is a decrease in the amount of oxygen that blood can absorb from air breathed into the lung.
Reflux is a condition where acid travels up from the stomach into the oesophagus (food pipe) causing:
- a burning sensation in the middle of your chest (heartburn)
- an unpleasant, acidic taste in your mouth
A fever, also known as a high temperature or pyrexia, is when your body temperature is higher than normal. Normal body temperature varies between people and may fluctuate throughout the day, but it is usually around 37 °C.
Arthritis isn’t a single disease, but rather a term used to describe a range of diseases that affect the joints.
Back pain, particularly lower back pain (lumbago), is a common condition that affects around a third of the UK population each month. There are many different causes of back pain, and it often goes away without treatment, but it may be a sign of an underlying medical condition.
A muscle sprain occurs when there is an injury such as a stretch or tear to a ligament. Ligaments are tough, band-like structures that connect 2 or more bones to a joint.
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache and nearly everyone experiences them from time to time.
Erectile dysfunction, otherwise known as ED, or impotence is a condition where a man is unable to get or keep an erection long enough to have sex. This happens to most men on occasion, but if it happens often it may be a sign of an underlying health problem.
Fungal nail infections are common and typically aren’t too severe but can take a while to treat. They usually affect your toenails, but you can get them on your fingernails, too.
Athlete’s foot is a fungal skin infection that affects the feet and usually forms between the toes. It is typically treated with creams, powders or sprays which you can buy in drugstores or in pharmacies. In some people, it can cause burning, stinging, redness, and itching as well as flaking of the skin.
A sore throat is a pain, scratchy feeling or irritation of the throat that feels worse when you swallow. The most common cause of a sore throat (pharyngitis) is a viral infection, like a cold or flu. Whilst they can be irritating, sore throats usually resolve on their own and usually aren’t anything to worry about.