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Mostly on one side of the body or face. Even hardened doctors cry at patient trauma I was delighted last week to be named the runner-up in a medical writing competition run by GP magazine Pulse. If you use the hair dryer, be sure to only use it on the lowest setting and keep the dryer several inches from the ear. Always call a doctor for fever in infants three months of age or younger. Letters from Public Health will be going out to families of the children aged 2 to 5 years old informing them of their eligibility and encouraging them to make an appointment. Any registered patient who has not seen a clinician for 3 years can arrange an appointment at reception for a consultation with the practice nurse. We reserve some appointments each day for children.

They both expect to see sales jump next week. May 5 is the World Health Organization’s World Hand Hygiene Day. Screening involves an attempt to pick up the earliest signs of illness before it has a chance to damage your health. Wear a high factor sunscreen on your skin to avoid sunburn. Or worse? Japanese encephalitis – is caused by a virus which is spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.


Your pre-teen or teenager should not get the meningococcal vaccine if he or she has had a severe life-threatening allergic reaction to a previous meningococcal vaccine, to any vaccine component, or to latex. If parents can’t take the child to the appointment, the surgery will need to know about the adult who will be taking the child. If you have the chickenpox vaccination, the NHS advises avoiding getting pregnant within a month of the last dose. Anybody at any age can develop it, especially in areas of poor sanitation and water supplies. In more than 1 in 10 cases, the Gardasil HPV vaccine causes discomfort at the injection site, including redness, bruising, itching, swelling, pain or cellulitis. Typhoid – A bacteria causes this potentially fatal illness, which can be picked up by eating or drinking contaminated food or water. The Meningitis Research Foundation says meningococcal disease is the biggest cause of bacterial meningitis in the UK.

It has been used extensively in other countries, including the US, and has a good safety record. The rubella vaccine may cause a brief rash and possibly a slightly raised temperature, most commonly around 12 to 14 days after the injection. Achilles tendon problems are most often caused by overuse during various activities. But it has not yet been decided whether older children will attend school clinics or GP surgeries. We came to realise this was an emotionally demanding job — receptionists can see up to 70 patients a day and their apparent lack of feeling provides a shield against emotional exhaustion. Likened to creating a ‘Trojan horse’, under laboratory conditions scientists have created nanoparticles containing cancer RNA to persuade the body that a viral pathogen has launched an invasion. It is a conversation that challenges us to examine complex public policy, scientific, ethical, legal, philosophical, economic, political and cultural issues.

ANSWER: The Epstein-Barr virus — the cause of infectious mononucleosis (although there are other germs that can cause a similar picture) — has been associated with rheumatoid arthritis, and there is some evidence that EBV may be a trigger that causes RA and possibly other autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, to become active in a person who is genetically susceptible. This is usually done at a specialist clinic in case of severe allergic reactions, called anaphylaxis. It can take several weeks before a vaccination can work effectively, so make an appointment to see your GP or practice nurse at least 6 to 8 weeks before you plan to travel. Jaundice, whites of the eyes and skin looking yellow Kidney failure Bleeding from the mouth, nose, eyes or stomach Blood in your vomit Blood in poo. New research revealed almost one in five people aged over 50 in Ireland (19%) have experienced shingles, yet 85% of those surveyed were unaware that shingles can be prevented by vaccination, including re-occurrence of the disease. A person with hepatitis B may not know they’ve been effected, but symptoms can include feeling sick, lack of appetite, tiredness, aches and pains, headaches and yellowing of the skin and eyes, called jaundice. We’ve made life a little easier with Practice updates, news on the latest health issues and even access to repeat medication all at your fingertips.

Appropriate preventative dental care, as recommended by your dentist, should be followed during treatment with this drug. Symptoms last about a week. It can also play a role in sinusitis, septic arthritis, osteomyelitis, peritonitis and endocarditis.