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Skin and Scalp Conditions

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Warts

Warts are caused by a virus that affects the cells of the surface of the skin and causes rough lumps to grow either out of or into the skin and tissue underneath the site of infection. There are several different types of wart, and they

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Sunburn

We are often bombarded with messages about the dangers of sun exposure. And rightly so. With our high rate of skin cancer (melanoma in particular) it is often hard to fathom why we go out into the sun at all – especially during the summer

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Shingles

Shingles or herpes zoster is a contagious viral infection that is related to chicken pox. Generally it affects people under stress or with poor immunity. Often those infected with shingles are already performing below their best and the pain from shingles is a further blow.

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Ring Worm

Ringworm is a fungal infection caused by the tinea fungus, not a worm. It is spread by skin contact with someone who has the infection, or from a pet that also has this skin infection. The ringworm fungus can spread from one area to another

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Moles

Moles are clusters of differently coloured cells on the skin. They may be large or small, flat or raised, dark or light, round, oval or irregularly shaped, and in most cases they are not sinister. They may occur from damage to the skin, usually from

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Minor Burns

Burns are caused when your skin comes into contact with something too hot or too cold causing damage to one or more layers of skin. They may be caused by liquids (generally called scalds) or by being exposed to radiation, such as sunburn, as well

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Measles

Measles is one of the viral conditions that used to be common in childhood.  It is spread from person to person by contact, such as coughing or kissing. In Australia vaccination against measles is free to all children – generally infants are vaccinated for measles,

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Ingrown Hairs

Ingrown hairs appear as small coloured bumps under the skin. They may be either pink or brown coloured and may occur in clusters in areas where the skin is shaved or removed by waxing or other depilatories. Consequently they generally occur in the face and

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Head Lice

The children have gone back to school but apart from knowledge and skills, what else might come home with your child? Unfortunately, nits or head lice. Head lice are small grey-brown coloured insects that have an affinity for hair, particularly in children aged four to

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Eczema

Although about five percent of the population suffer from atopic eczema, this chronic inflammatory skin condition has no known cure. Atopic eczema commonly affects areas like the inner side of the elbows, knees, wrists and ankles and when exposed to aggravating factors, the condition will

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