Common Ailments

Acne

What is acne? (click to close) Acne Vulgaris (or simply acne ) is a common skin disease that develops in the pores around hair follicles and oil producing glands. It is characterised by the appearance of pimples, blackheads and whiteheads on the face, …

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Baby Care

Nappy rash? Blocked nose? Oral thrush? Follow our Haven Health Tips on the most frequent complaints in young babies. For older children take a look at common childhood illnesses. Remember to talk to your Haven Pharmacist if you are concerned your baby …

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Childhood Illnesses

Children are not little adults (click to close) Children have not yet developed their body’s natural defences and therefore are far more prone to infections from bacteria and viruses than adults. As a result children often get sick. Most of the time th …

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Cold Sores

What are cold sores? (click to close) Cold sores are mostly a benign viral infection that cause sores to form around the nose and mouth. Generally the virus lays dormant in the body however in times of stress or illness the virus may be triggered and r …

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Colds

What is a cold? (click to close) The common cold is caused by any one of more than two hundred viruses – which is why the symptoms of a cold tend to vary greatly. Adults tend to get two to four colds a year but children (especially pre-schoolers) may h …

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Constipation

What is constipation? (click to close) Constipation is a common complaint. It occurs when bowel motions become harder or drier than normal and are difficult to pass or when you are having fewer bowel movements than your regular pattern. Bowel habit is …

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Cough

What is a cough? (click to close) Coughing is a reflex action started by stimulation of sensory nerves in the lining of the respiratory passages, by a something that should not be there. When a person coughs, there is a short intake of breath and the l …

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Hayfever

What is hayfever? (click to close) Hayfever is a condition which affects 400,000 Irish people each summer. Hayfever sufferers experience a wide range of symptoms from sneezing and runny nose to itchy eyes and grogginess. What causes hayfever? (click to …

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Headache

What is a headache? (click to close) A headache is a pain in the head which needs diagnosis before being treated and is among the most common medical problems. Around 40% of the population will get at least one headache a year. What are the causes of h …

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Heartburn

What is hearburn? (click to close) Heartburn occurs when the acid contents of the stomach pass backwards up into the food pipe (called the gullet or oesophagus). This is also known as stomach acid reflux. Most people have stomach acid reflux at some po …

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Mouth Ulcers

What is a mouth ulcer? (click to close) Mouth ulcers (or apthous ulcers) are common, with as many as one in two of the population suffering from them, but the cause in many cases is unknown. They may occur on your tongue, on your soft palate, inside yo …

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Sore Throat

What is a sore throat? (click to close) Most often a sore throat is a symptom of another illness – usually a viral infection such as a cold or flu (influenza). In many cases, it’s the first indication that you’re getting sick. Most sore throats are cau …

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Strains and Sprains

Anyone can suffer from strains and sprains whether this is through sports or by simply doing normal activities. Injury can be caused by trauma (acute) or over use (chronic) to the body’s soft tissues: muscles, tendons or ligaments. What is the differen …

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Threadworms

What are threadworms? (click to close) Threadworms ( also called Pinworms ) look like short pieces of white cotton about 5-10mm long and can infect anyone but are more frequently found in children. When threadworm eggs are swallowed, they hatch in the …

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Thrush

What is thrush? (click to close) Thrush is a common and inconvenient problem affecting some women at various stages of their lives. The general complaint is of irritation, itching and tenderness in the vaginal area and it can be associated with redness …

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