Scabies

What is it?  Scabies is a condition where tiny mites burrow under the skin and lay eggs. New mites hatch from the eggs and can spread to other parts of the skin, causing skin infestation.  It can take 4-6 weeks for the skin to react, and scabies mites can live...

RSV

What is it?   RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, is a virus that causes respiratory infections. RSV can affect both children and adults. RSV may infect a majority of children by the age of three. Recovery from RSV gives some immunity against re-infection, although it is not long-lasting.   What...

Gastroenteritis

What is it? Gastroenteritis, known as 'gastro', is inflammation of the stomach and intestinal tract caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites, chemicals and some drugs.   What are the symptoms? Diarrhoea is the most common symptom Appetite loss Bloating Nausea Vomiting Abdominal cramps and pain  Blood in faeces - in some cases...

Rhinovirus

What is it?   Rhinovirus is caused by viruses that inflame the nose and throat membranes. More than 200 viruses can cause colds, however, rhinovirus causes most common colds. What are the symptoms?                           Sore throat Congestion Pressure in...

E. coli

What is it?   E. coli (Escherichia coli) is a bacteria present in the intestines of healthy people. Generally, E. coli bacteria are harmless or cause brief symptoms of diarrhoea, although certain strains of E. coli lead to more severe symptoms.   What are the symptoms? Infection with E. coli can begin...

Shingles

What is it? Shingles infection is caused by the varicella-zoster virus which also causes chickenpox.  Anyone who has had chickenpox can develop shingles because after the initial chickenpox illness resolves the virus stays dormant in the body.  If the virus is reactivated later in life, it results in shingles which...