Kids


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Once thought to be a childhood disorder that disappeared in adulthood, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD..

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Scabies

Scabies is a common skin condition which results in a red, intensely itchy rash. It's a highly contagious condition, and can spread easily.

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Treat Pain and Fever

Pain and fever are two of the most common symptoms experienced by individuals of all ages. Usually are a signal that something may be wrong.

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Eye Inflammation and Infections

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the protective membrane (conjunctiva) lining the inside of your eyelids and the whites of your eyes.

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Prevention and Treatment of Minor Skin Infections

There are a wide variety of germs that can cause skin infections. The most common conditions are caused by bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

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How to Get Rid of Head Lice

Head lice infestation is a common problem particularly among children. 

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Eczema

The term Dermatitis is used to describe a number of skin irritations and rashes characterised by inflammation of the skin. 

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Live Brave Mana Ora “Do Blue Day”

Live Brave Mana Ora Do Blue Day aims to raise awareness and support for young Kiwis with Type 1 diabetes.

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Healthy Halloween

Want to celebrate Halloween this year, but trying to keep it a bit healthier? Check out our top picks for fun Halloween treats...

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Immunisation Schedule for children

Compared to other countries, New Zealand has a low childhood immunisation rate.

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Immunisations available from pharmacies

There are now over 450 pharmacies providing vaccination services around Aotearoa and this number is continuing to grow.

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HPV Vaccination

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection is thought to be the most commonly sexually transmitted disease in the world.

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Autism

Autism affects 1 in every 100 New Zealanders, however, this may be a conservative estimate. Internationally, the rate of autism appears to be rising..

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Help protect against meningococcal disease

Even if your child has been immunised, they may be missing protection against meningococcal disease.1 Meningococcal is a rare but potentially deadly..

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Neurodiversity

All human brains are powerful, magnificent and unique. Neurodiversity is a term used to describe the way some of our unique brains work – thinking..

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Daffodil Day

Tautoko Te Ra Daffodil/ Daffodil Day is held on the last Friday of August every year. The beautiful daffodil flower has become an international symb..

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Immune Support

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Folliculitis

Thanks to my dear little four-year-old niece, who pretty much lived in her plastic outdoor swimming pool in Auckland over this hot summer, I know al..

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COVID and why vaccinate children

The usual back to school flurry includes getting clothes and books ready and finding the lunch box. This year there is also the consideration of mas..

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Back to school and childhood immunity

When children first start school or daycare it's common to “catch everything” that is going around as they build their immunity.

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History of Pandemics and Vaccines

The world has been plagued by pandemics as far back as written history and beyond. Countries have responded over the centuries by closing their bord..

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Meningococcal disease

Meningococcal disease is caused by bacteria. Three out of every twenty people in New Zealand carry the bacteria in their nasal passages, they don’..

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Sunscreens and what exactly does SPF mean?

In the pharmacy we usually see the first lot of people with sunburn at Labour weekend. It is like we all forgot that sun was hot during winter and h..

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Chicken Pox

Chicken pox is a common childhood disease caused by the varicella virus. It causes small itchy blisters to form on the skin and also makes people fe..

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School lunch box ideas

Cherry tomatoes, baby carrots and chopped cucumber with hummus, sliced capsicum, celery with cream cheese or peanut butter...

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Practical nutrition tips for parents

Finding creative ways to encourage your children to eat and enjoy fruit and vegetables can be fun for the entire family.

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Burnout

Burnout is a term that is cropping up more and more. WHO formally acknowledged burnout in the International Classification of Diseases...

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Headlice (aka cooties, riha, utu, kutu bugs, nits or pediculosis…)

Hopefully the holidays put a stop to the headlice cycle at your child’s school. If you are one of the unlucky ones, the frustrating, time-consumin..

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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV is not a new virus, but in fact a very common, very contagious virus that infects the respiratory tract. It can ..

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School lunches made simple

I’d love to say that school mornings in our house are some zen experience where I curate beautiful wholefood, waste-free lunchboxes...

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Bedwetting

Bedwetting can be upsetting for parents and children and yet it is a normal part of your child’s development as they learn to control their bladde..

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Ear infections

Middle ear infections (also known as otitis media) occur when there is inflammation or infection of the air-filled space behind the eardrum. The inf..

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Whooping Cough

Whooping cough is caused by a bacteria called Bordetella pertussis that infects the lungs and airways. Whooping cough is very contagious and is pass..

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Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a viral illness most common in children under the age of 10. It seems to be seasonal and often occurs in the ..

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School sores

Also known as impetigo, school sores are a common bacterial infection mainly affecting school-age children and more common in warmer months of the y..

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Croup

There will be many parents familiar with the seal-like bark of croup and its alarming tendency to hit children in the early hours of the morning. Wh..

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Serotonin Syndrome

Serotonin syndrome is a serious effect that happens when our body accumulates too much serotonin.

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Herbs and Nutrients that Improve Your Immune Response

What can we do to keep ourselves healthy and protect ourselves from respiratory infections like COVID, common cold and the flu?

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Warts and Verrucas

Warts and verrucas appear as small lumps on the skin and range in size from 1mm up to around 1cm. They can appear on their own or in clusters, with ..

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Chilblains

Chilblains (also known as pernio or perniosis) are itchy, sore, red or purple bumps that occur on the skin as a reaction to cold. Painful inflammati..

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Bacterial conjunctivitis

Bacterial conjunctivitis occurs when bacteria infect the transparent protective membrane that lines the eyelid and covers the white part of your eye..

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Children’s Day

Children’s day is held on the first Sunday in March every year, and what a perfect opportunity to spend some time celebrating children...

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Anxiety

The medical definition of anxiety is “a feeling of apprehension and fear, characterised by physical symptoms such as palpitations, sweating, and f..

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Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in New Zealand. It is a range of conditions that affect the optic nerve and cause blindness when not trea..

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Nine Truths about Eating Disorders

Eating disorders have one of the highest mortality rates of any mental illness; anorexia actually has a higher mortality rate than depression. Here..

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Allergic conjunctivitis / Allergy eyes

Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the covering of your eye and inside your eye lids. This can be caused by an infection or by an allergy.

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Nosebleeds

Nosebleeds are a fairly common occurrence, particularly in children, and are usually treatable at home without any medical intervention. They occur ..

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Meningococcal B Vaccine

SPONSORED. Find out more about a fully funded programme to help protect children against meningococcal B.

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Nutrition Tips for Managing Winter Coughs

The dreaded winter cough. It’s a pain in the, ahem, chest. Count yourselves lucky if you and your family have escaped one of the many viruses doin..

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Keeping Colds and Flu at Bay

Hello, Winter! Hello, Cold! Hello, Snotty Nose! Hello, Sore Throat! We’ve all now (somewhat reluctantly) welcomed in winter...a season where some ..

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Coughs

A cough occurs when the throat or airway has been irritated, usually by mucus or foreign particles such as dust or smoke. It is the body’s way of ..

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Cold & Flu

Many people say “I’ve got the flu” when really they have a cold. While a bad cold can make you feel pretty miserable for a few days, you will ..

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Here Comes Sore Throat Season

Sore throatMost sore throats will not be helped by antibiotics whether they are an infection or not. Most sore throats are caused by a virus. A viru..

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Tips to Holistically Speed Up the Healing Time for Cuts

Cuts and wounds are a part of life, especially during childhood when falling from trees or tripping on concrete are a rite of passage.

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Treatment for Asthma

SPONSORED. If you have asthma, you’ll know that symptoms can come on quickly...

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Wound care

We all have bacteria growing all over our skin. The skin is the first line of protection to keep the bacteria out of our bodies. When you get a cut ..

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Measles

With the latest measles outbreak people are asking their local pharmacists questions about measles: How do I catch it? What are the symptoms ..

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Holistic Considerations for Treating Acne

Chat to most acne sufferers, and they’ll most likely tell you that it is a complicated condition to treat and often a stressful journey trying to ..

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Allergic rhinitis in children

Allergic rhinitis is the most common allergic disorder in both Australia and New Zealand and affects 10 to 20% of the world’s population. While no..

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Ear Health: Swimmers Ear

Sunny summer days have meant lots of swimming and therefore more ‘swimmers ear’. We have also seen more people coming into the pharmacy asking f..

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Back-To-School Nutrition Tips

When school is back in full swing, many parents start wanting to up the nutrition ante again, to fuel developing minds & growing bodies...

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Scratches, bites and stings

Ahhh summer, here at last. Long sunny days, bare feet, beach swims and staying up late to roast marshmallows after dark. All things that make wonderfu..

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Meningitis

There was a recent death from meningitis reported in the newspapers. Although meningitis is more common in winter it is good for everyone to be aware ..

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Fungal infections

As the weather continues to become warmer we see more people coming into the pharmacy to ask for help with their fungal infections. Fungi are like mus..

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Go Gold for Kids Fighting Cancer

While child cancer is rare it has a profound effect on the entire whanau. Around 150 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in New Zealand. So e..

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Acne

Acne is a very common skin condition – in fact most people will be affected by it at some stage in their lives.

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Colds and flu – What's the Difference

Cold A cold is a viral infection that affects your nose, sinuses, throat and upper chest. It usually goes away by itself in 7 to 10 days. The symptom..

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Concussion

Winter sport season is a time to consider concussion.

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Keeping Kids Well This Term

Waking up to sick kids can throw even the most efficient of routines right out the window and send one’s week into a total spin!

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In the Summer time

For many of us, a sunny, warm summer is exciting. Getting outside and enjoying summer is part of being a kiwi. I’m all for that as long as we also r..

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Mental health and young children

Children as they grow up, learn to grapple with big feelings, but it takes a while to do that (hey, even us adults aren’t pros).

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School holidays

Depending where you sit on the age and with/without kids scale, school holidays will mean different things to you.

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Raising Children – parenting help is at hand

Looking for some expert approved, family friendly parenting advice? Well, let me help you there!

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5 Tricks to Sneak Vegetables into Kids Diets

Research shows that it can take as many as 10 to 15 tastes before a child learns to appreciate a new flavour or food.

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End of Semester stress

If there’s a tertiary student in your house, end of semester is a tense old time. Hand ins for the last assignments, prepping for end of course exam..

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Nits

Yeah, an altogether stunning start to an article, a title like that. I could just as easily change it to kutis (or cooties) or head lice, but…let’..

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Back to School may mean back to battling headlice

Headlice, kutus, nits – whatever you call them – most parents dread their discovery in their child’s hair.

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Threadworms

Let’s talk threadworms. Something most children are likely to get at some time during their life – especially between the ages of 5-14yrs.

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Beasties that bite

Every time I set off for an outdoor adventure, I think about how lucky we are in New Zealand that we don’t have real nasties.

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Back to school

It’s here! School is back. A new routine and regular rhythm starts to daily life. Are you ready? Are your kids?

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It’s time to be SunSmart

Written by: Jenny Cade In my last blog I wrote about a recent personal experience with a mole that had to be removed because it could become a mela..

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Learning to ride a bike

The earlier you get your kids on a bike, the more confidence they will have to keep progressing through the stages.

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Toxoplasmosis

Our dog has had toxoplasmosis. Altogether a bit scary. I last heard the word ‘toxoplasmosis’ some 21 years ago, when pregnant with my first baby, ..

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Respiratory illness in a child

I remember ‘back in the day’ as a student nurse at Middlemore in the 1980s being astounded at the amount of respiratory illnesses on the medical w..

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Exams – ten tips to prepare for them

Well it's that end of the year... the sharp end where all that learning is meant to come together efficiently and eloquently in an exam. Easy? No. Exc..

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Get ready for Halloween!

Ok, so yes, you might feel like you’ve had some Americanised mass market thing foisted upon you, your family and your neighbourhood...

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Gastroenteritis

Previous health crises in places like the Havelock North gastro outbreak, have shown how easy it is for some infections to spread. Thankfully an outbr..

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School holiday's

This term is almost done and dusted. Good thing if you’re in Auckland? Less traffic on the road. Bad thing? Quelling a quiet sense of rising panic w..

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The importance of hand washing

It's one of the basics we all need to teach our kids - how to wash your hands. That and brushing your teeth, how to use the toilet and saying please a..

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Paracetamol for children

Giving advice is a huge part of what I do as a pharmacist. One of the conversations I always try to make time for is to give advice...

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Wound Care – Cuts and Grazes

Skin is made up of different layers and substances which make it supple and tough and allow it to stretch. But sometimes skin is broken...

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Worms

Threadworms look like small pieces of white cotton, about 1 cm long. The most common sign of threadworm infection is an itchy bottom.

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Viral illnesses in Children

Chicken pox, measles, mumps, rubella, slap cheek, meningitis...

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Thrush

Oral thrush causes thick white plaques to grow on the inside of the cheeks or tongue.

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Summer Health Tips

The ultraviolet radiation (UVR) that gets through the earth’s outer atmosphere is so much stronger at this time of year, causing sunburn...

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Sore Throats

Commonly, sore throats are viral, resulting from the common cold, glandular fever, measles, chicken pox or whooping cough.

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Skin Conditions

The condition of your skin can tell you a lot about your state of health, even your state of mind. Most skin problems happen either when...

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Sinusitis

The sinuses are designed to help insulate the skull and make it lighter, as well as provide resonance for our voice.

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Scalp conditions

Seborrhoeic dermatitis, psoriasis of the scalp, contact dermatitis, lichen planus, discoid lupus erythematotus, alopecia...

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Scabies and bed bugs

Just visible to the naked eyes, the pregnant female itch mite Sarcoptes Scabiei burrows a tunnel into the skin of her human host before...

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Safe Sex

The best prevention is understanding what causes a STI, be aware of the risks and take precautions...

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Poisoning Prevention

Children aged 0-4 years are most at risk of a poisoning. The most common poisoning agents are medicines.

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Pneumonia

Prior to the invention of antibiotics pneumonia killed one third of its victims, and even today, around 5% of pneumonia patients will die...

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Mental Health Disorders

Onset is usually before the age of 30 but can occur at any time of life. Both men and women are equally at risk. Bipolar disorder tends...

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Melanoma

Melanoma is deservedly the most feared of the skin cancers, with nearly 3000 New Zealanders diagnosed every year.

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Herpes

Herpes doesn’t deserve the upset it causes. Four out of five New Zealanders have the herpes simplex virus.

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Headlice

If you find headlice on a child, a suggested treatment plan involves using a combination of insecticide treatment as well as regular combing

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Hayfever

Allergies occur when the immune system overreacts to normally harmless substances in the air we breathe and food we eat.

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Fungal Infections

The most common types of fungal infections are caused by a mould-like fungus in the outer layers of the skin, usually on the arms, legs...

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Eyes

Light enters your eye, passes through the transparent cornea onto the crystalline lens, where it's focussed onto the light-sensitive cells..

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Seizures, Epilepsy and Febrile Convulsions

Seizures are divided into two main categories, generalised seizures in which abnormal electrical impulses affect the whole brain and local..

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Eating Disorders

Eating disorders may be tied up with body image but equally may be a response to stress including sexual, physical and emotional abuse.

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Ear Problems

Otitis media is by far the most common ear problem. It is the result of an infection or inflammation in the middle ear...

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Dermatitis

Inflammation of the skin is it’s way of reacting to an irritant or allergen and can occur anywhere in the body.

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Depression

“I’m a dad and I’m scared. When I say I’m a dad and I’m scared, I really mean: I’m a dad and I’m looking for answers...

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Coughs

When the cells lining your throat and airways come in contact with a foreign body messages are sent to the brain....

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Contraception

Today there is a wide range of different contraceptive methods to choose from, each with different benefits.

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Colds and Flu

The symptoms of a cold and flu are similar and often the first sign of a sniffle is mistakenly called the flu.

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Cancer

Cancer is a disease that occurs when abnormal cells divide uncontrollably and start to destroy healthy body tissues.

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Bites and Stings

While ants, mossies, sand flies and fleas leave a temporary legacy of maddening itching, wasp and bee stings are usually extremely painful..

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Asthma and Bronchitis

One in eight New Zealand adults and one in seven children are using medicines to control asthma.

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Anxiety and Depression

The New Zealand Mental Health Survey cast some light on the make-up of mental illness in our country.

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Allergies

Allergies occur when the immune system overreacts to normally harmless substances in the air we breathe and food we eat.

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